• R, 2 hr. 8 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Gregory Hoblit
    In Theaters:
    Feb 15, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 9, 2002
  • MGM/UA


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Hart's War Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Big WWII drama about honor, courage and sacrifice.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 24, 2010
Emanuel Levy

Nationality, race and politics clash in unexpected ways in this well-directed and acted but extremely old-fashioned prison drama that recalls genre film sof the 1950s and 1960s.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

October 30, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

In the ever-increasing onslaught of war movies, it stands head and shoulders above most of the competition.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 26, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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This earnest WWII escape story throws in a courtroom drama, but to nobody's advantage.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

'Hart's War' is a perfect example of a film that remains anchored in mediocrity from beginning to end. It plods along like a chronic asthmatic, meandering to a conclusion that's both irritating and implausible.

Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Original Score: 2/5

February 13, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

...Suitably gritty and intense...

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2003
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat

It's hard to know whether or not to recommend this film because for every thing it does right there's at least one and occasionally two things it gets ever so wrong.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 8, 2002
James Rocchi

Engaging thriller combines military movie genres and succeeds as more than the sum of its well-oiled parts.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 3/5

November 7, 2002
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Reaches for more than it can handle, but it's well-acted and earnest in its intentions.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

November 6, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Paint-by-numbers claptrap.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 21, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

As old-fashioned as it can get, a throwback to cinema's Golden Age and a tribute to the flawed, guilty human beings we call heroes.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 15, 2002
Rumsey Taylor

As an American propagandistic attempt to market patriotism (or courage, or honor), it is arguably successful; by its own merits it is merely decent.

Full Review Source: DVDFuture.com

August 28, 2002
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

The movie's surplus of male-fraternizing never conveys that these Americans are under imminent danger and stress.

Full Review

August 27, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Hart's War is an absorbing courtroom drama that gives Farrell the chance to show off his star quality although the ending disappoints.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 17, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

It makes a few fundamental mistakes along the way--mostly due to Willis' star power--but it's still thoroughly entertaining

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 12, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Proves a servicable World War II drama that can't totally hide its contrivances, but it at least calls attention to a problem Hollywood too long has ignored.

| Original Score: B

August 9, 2002
Shay Casey

A perfectly respectable, perfectly inoffensive, easily forgettable film.

| Original Score: 3/5

August 4, 2002
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

A compact story told with focus and assurance.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 3/4

August 3, 2002
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Neither the film nor its characters break any new ground, but for most of its running time it is an intelligent and compelling prisoner-of-war story

| Original Score: 7/10

June 27, 2002

A serious and absorbing drama with the old-fashioned notion of telling a story and taking the necessary time to do so.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 28, 2002
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