• PG-13, 3 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama, Classics
  • Directed By:    Ronald F. Maxwell
  • In Theaters:    Feb 21, 2003 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jul 15, 2003
  • Warner Bros. Pictures

Gods and Generals Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010

Meticulous Civil War story runs a little long.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
March 1, 2003

It could have been handled better, perhaps, but there is enough about it that works to make it worth watching.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
February 24, 2003

[The film] brings the history very much to life.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Susan Granger
February 24, 2003

Running close to four hours, including intermission, this landmark epic of the Civil War is, basically, a television mini-series released as a feature film.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
February 22, 2003

Isn't completely satisfying, but its larger-than-life ambitions earn it a recommendation.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Jared
Boxoffice Magazine
February 20, 2003

There is in fact much to relish in this epic but somehow, despite a nearly four-hour running time, there is something missing.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic
February 20, 2003

Despite boring patches, this $56 million epic is a noble effort.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 20, 2003

The film-maker's relentless even-handedness removes whatever drama the story might have had by making every one of the characters endlessly honorable, devoted to God, home, and family, good to the slaves, and able to spout poetry or the Bible.

| Original Score: B-
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 20, 2003

Watching this nearly four-hour film is like attending a college history seminar. That's what's good about the movie, and also what's bad about it.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Stringer
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
February 20, 2003

Maxwell illuminates the processes of denial and the cultivations of self-image by which these famously decent men, in defense of indefensible prerogative, sent thousands upon thousands ... to their deaths.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 30, 2011

Succumbs to turgidity. And...intentionally or not...conveys the impression that the film uncritically celebrates the Confederacy. [Blu-ray]

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008

Everybody is so good and decent that it's hard to tell where the generals leave off and the gods start.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008

A labour of love with special interest to history buffs, this epic film is extraordinary in many ways.

Bill Stamets
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
February 27, 2007

Maxwell continues his textbook emphasis on military maneuvers, but despite literally thousands of Civil War reenactors recruited for the film, the wide-screen canvas fails to map the tactics or evoke the terror of battle.

Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006

The big battles impress, but become somewhat samey. Part Three is threatened.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

The procession of monotonous, oddly gore-free battles breaks frequently for bloated speechifying.

Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004

Then there is 'Gods and Generals,' cut from the same production cloth as 'Gettysburg' but a film of very loose ends.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003

You will watch a series of battle re-enactments and wait for a film to break out.

Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
October 17, 2003

Every shot is fired in sorrow, and there are no villains - except, of course, for the politicians, who remain safely out of the frame.

Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
August 10, 2003

Thinks it is grand without ever being so.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
February 25, 2003

...with much of the truth tainted - "Gods and Generals" is a work of fiction...

Baltimore Sun
February 21, 2003

February 21, 2003

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