The Great Raid Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 15, 2009
Undeveloped secondary characters and awkward pacing thwarts the movie from achieving its '60s war film ethos similar to "The Great Escape."
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
May 25, 2007
Instead of a tribute to a fine chapter in the annals of the Greatest Generation, we have a second-rate romance right out of a cheesy, pulp fiction novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A well-produced, rousing feature based on one of those forgotten World War II episodes that make for great cinema.
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 25, 2006
While the historical events depicted were unusual and cause for genuine celebration, the film that depicts these events is a dull, by-the-numbers set of war-movie clichés.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 28, 2005
It moves slowly and methodically, showing us the minutest particulars of every facet of the operation. There's more here than we need to know.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com
December 25, 2005
The Great Raid has one amazing action sequence. You just have to watch the whole story in order to earn and appreciate it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 16, 2005
The true story part of it works. The spy and romance stuff doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 1, 2005
It couldn't hold my attention despite the event being such a celebrated one in American history.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 1, 2005
More of a skimpy skirmish that lasts way too short and has too little peril to be great
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 25, 2005
War is hell, and so are some war movies.
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
August 22, 2005
Might have gotten some attention if John Wayne had been around to star in it
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
August 20, 2005
This is strictly for WWII buffs.
| Original Score: 2/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
August 19, 2005
For a man dying of malaria, Fiennes shivers impressively but also talks too much.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 18, 2005
[D]eliciously old-fashioned... Like in how Dahl assembled a cast of perfectly 1940s faces that pop off the screen with a suave anti-Technicolor urgency...
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
August 16, 2005
Raid may move, but it isn't particularly moving.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
August 16, 2005
John Dahl's solemn staging of the rescue mission will likely earn him points from military aficionados, but The Great Raid is terminally dull.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Pam Grady
FilmStew.com
August 15, 2005
The three unwieldy story lines might even have daunted someone like David Lean. They utterly defeat director John Dahl, a director used to working in miniature
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 15, 2005
'Nothing in our lives will ever be as important as this,' says Lt. Bratt, in a pep talk that some of his boys might have found more depressing than motivational.
| Original Score: '2/4'
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
August 14, 2005
The Great Raid works well as a film when it concentrates on the planning and completion of the mission.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 14, 2005
There are the makings of a fine, moving, epic war film here, but thanks to the inclusion of enough chatty exposition to sink the Bismarck, again, and some just plain silly casting choices, The Great Raid is anything but.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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