The Great Raid Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 12, 2005
A great story filled with real heroics deserves better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 11, 2005
Unfortunately, although John Dahl's film may have the length one normally expects from a war film with an ambitious trajectory, it lacks focus and the pacing is uneven.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
August 11, 2005
The 'Great' Raid is just okay.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 11, 2005
The raid is, indeed, great. The rest of the film, sadly, is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
August 11, 2005
Sometimes you can have the best story a filmmaker could ask for, a giant pile of money and all the best intentions, only to end up with a sub-par piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 24, 2005
Delayed since 2003, John Dahl's dust-collecting WWII chronicle The Great Raid finally arrives with the dull thud of a bomb that fails to detonate on impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 13, 2005
It's not bad, nor are its intentions anything less than noble. But it feels like countless movies before it, reliant on conventional war-movie devices and stock characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
August 4, 2005
I felt like I was being held prisoner. How could such a daring rescue be so boring?
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
August 12, 2005
I guess you could do worse than seeing The Great Raid. The truth is likely that you'd be far better served by reading the two books on which this film was based.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
August 11, 2005
Great Raid shines a light on an important, little-told tale of WWII combat, but the history deserves less drowsy reverence and more wartime enthusiasm.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 12, 2005
I hereby award the World War II drama The Great Raid a Cement Star for faithful and distinguished service to the cause of mediocrity.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 12, 2005
It lacks both excitement and outrage, and all that remains is solemnity. It makes you wonder whether you should watch the movie or stand at attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Ward
Richmond.com
August 13, 2005
Bratt's over-the-top performance is the stuff that bad military recruitment videos are made of.
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
August 10, 2005
The characters are stiff, depthless and remote, like figures engraved on a banknote.
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
August 11, 2005
The Great Raid just isn't great until it starts to focus on the raid itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
August 8, 2005
A sturdy yet stagnant depiction of courage under fire.
| Original Score: '2/4'
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 11, 2005
the cast seem embalmed, as does most of the action...
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
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
August 14, 2005

Boston Phoenix
August 13, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 13, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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