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The Great Raid Reviews


AV Club
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September 26, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 13, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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While one might have wished for a better movie, and a few smarter decisions regarding the screenplay, generally it's a riveting, even inspirational account of an American feat of arms about which few know but about which many more should.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 12, 2005
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Feels less like a rousing action adventure than a military-sponsored lesson in invincible patriotic payback.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 12, 2005
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Dahl's approach may be somewhat pedestrian, but he tells his story clearly and with few unnecessary detours.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2005
Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle
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The story line is telegraphed from word one and the meticulous unfolding plot plods ahead inexorably without the slightest bit of suspense.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

August 12, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This smart, unhurried drama plays out like a retro version of Saving Private Ryan.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A great story filled with real heroics deserves better than this.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

August 12, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Dahl gets it half-right, and completely wrong. In studio fashion, he adds a composite character and a love story, which the story really doesn't require. In indie tradition, he refuses to cast any stars -- which the picture desperately needs.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2005
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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

August 12, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Not a great movie, but it certainly does justice to the great historical event it dramatizes.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2005
Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
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Obsessed with authenticity, the movie simply isn't 'Hollywood' enough. What could have been a valuable history lesson for everyone is just more fodder for military buffs.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2005
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The picture's broad outline may be fact, but everything inside gets painted in a deep shade of bogus.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It never gives its characters enough character to build the sentiment required.

| Original Score: D+

August 12, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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For Dahl, war isn't poetry or surreal irony or metaphoric hell. It's a job that has to be done, and in cases like this one, it has the side product of being heroic.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Dahl's movie probably attempts to touch too many bases, which means it suffers from a divided attention span.

| Original Score: C

August 12, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Amounts to a noble failure.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Acting like a big-screen epic but coming across more like a cable TV extravaganza.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 11, 2005
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Just about any golden age Hollywood hack could have made a zestier drama about one of the greatest rescue missions in U.S. military history.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 11, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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Divided three ways among the rangers, the prisoners and the resistance fighters in Manila, the movie feels unfocused, schematic and overpopulated.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 11, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Although the story of The Great Raid may have never been told on film, it's like every other POW movie, in this case made about 45 years too late.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

August 11, 2005
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A tedious World War II epic that slogs across the screen like a forced march in quicksand.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 11, 2005
Michael Esposito
Chicago Tribune
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The action is brilliant, the combat sharp and rattling, and the film follows the historical record more closely than most Hollywood films.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 11, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The mission of the film is to inspire. Mission accomplished.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 11, 2005
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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Represents another step in the depersonalization of John Dahl.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 11, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Here is a war movie that understands how wars are actually fought.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 11, 2005
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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It has dreams of sugarplum Oscars dancing in its head, and never stops mistaking spectacle for the truly spectacular.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

August 11, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 11, 2005
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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A WWII movie so parched, so Reader's Digest expository, so utterly expressionless, it confuses taciturn Greatest Generation nobility with paralysis.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D+

August 10, 2005
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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Ultimately scotched by History Channel-worthy nostalgia.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 9, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Director John Dahl has fashioned a worthy tribute to the soldiers who carried out this seemingly impossible raid.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

August 8, 2005
Robert Koehler
Variety
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This overlong march will bore all but the most nobly patriotic of auds.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 4, 2005
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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Even audiences predisposed to sagas of American valor or nostalgic for the good old days of unswerving wartime coalitions will find little here beyond the retro patina to grab their attention.

August 4, 2005
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