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Lone Survivor (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 197
Fresh: 149 | Rotten: 48

While it may deliver its messages of patriotism, courage, and sacrifice a tad heavy-handedly, Lone Survivor finds writer/director Peter Berg wielding enough visceral power to mitigate many of his movie's jingoistic flaws.

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 11

While it may deliver its messages of patriotism, courage, and sacrifice a tad heavy-handedly, Lone Survivor finds writer/director Peter Berg wielding enough visceral power to mitigate many of his movie's jingoistic flaws.

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Movie Info

LONE SURVIVOR, starring Mark Wahlberg, tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Based on The New York Times bestseller, this story of heroism, courage and survival directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) also stars Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. LONE SURVIVOR will be released by Universal Pictures in platform engagements on

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Drama, Action & Adventure

Peter Berg

Jun 3, 2014

$125.1M

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All Critics (197) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (149) | Rotten (48) | DVD (1)

Lone Survivor isn't always sophisticated ... But there's moral complexity and a climax in an Afghan village which is tense and surprisingly moving.

January 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Lone Survivor' hits home and hits hard.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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The film effectively assaults its audience almost as aggressively as its subjects.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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Lone Survivor is a brutally effective movie, made by people who think that they're serving their country. But they're just making us coarser and more self-centered.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Vulture
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Berg's fine achievement is in relaying that sense of abject danger even as he and his actors honor the utter connection of the men who lost their lives that day.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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The sensation of being pinned down and shot apart is so harrowingly conveyed by Peter Berg's fact-based war movie Lone Survivor that one almost forgives the movie's failure to be quite as persuasive in almost every other respect.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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"Lone Survivor" thrills, horrifies and also punches home the simple point that individual acts of conscience can save lives, and even change the world.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity
Newcity

Encontra seus melhores momentos em suas sequências de ação.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

This is an intense film. You get a clear sense of the panic these guys felt and the hopelessness of their situation.

March 2, 2014 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

Narrative cohesion is not the film's strong suit, but battlefield authenticity most certainly is.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Lone Survivor is a proficiently-made film with plenty to enjoy, but truly embracing it is difficult outside of an American context.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

Lone Survivor is a proficiently-made film with plenty to enjoy, but truly embracing it is difficult outside of an American context.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

The most harrowing combat film since Saving Private Ryan.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Small in scale but just as intense, Lone Survivor's extended battle recalls the opening of Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. like its hardy protagonists, is determined to get the job done.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

If there's one major message at the core of Peter Berg's outstanding, realistic, fact-based war film it's that no amount of new-fangled military technology can take away from the brutality and human cost of frontline fighting.

February 23, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

Though the film predictably finishes on just one of its number, it is in the many that Lone Survivor's components best succeed.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

Not since Mark Bowden's Black Hawk Down has there been such a vivid account of a mission gone wrong.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

If Mark Wahlberg stars as an interesting character, the movie has a fighting chance at the box office - and this one became a hit.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

It will be remembered for its bone-breaking, blood-splattering, white-knuckle skirmish - not for its performances, characters, plot or dialogue. On this level, it works.

February 19, 2014 Full Review Source: The Standard

For all its flaws it is both a gripping action thriller and an unforgettable depiction of the cold realities of war. My first reaction after seeing it was a simple one: this must be how it was. It may be the highest tribute I can pay.

February 18, 2014 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

The film doesn't glorify war, it pays tribute to courage and determination; while it doesn't play politics, it does show the Taliban as vicious, bloodthirsty and mercil

February 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

...a disappointing, underwhelming actioner from Peter Berg...

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A portrayal of strict military excellence and grueling physical performances, to which Mark Wahlberg brings his best game.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Captures the raw intensity of combat and carnage on both sides of the battlefront, and the heroics that forge an indelible spirit in combat

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

It's not perfect... but this is a major step up from Berg's previous travesty. This is actually quite good.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Lone Survivor sticks pretty closely to the facts, has real momentum and a series of impressive action sequences

February 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Independent
Irish Independent

Audience Reviews for Lone Survivor

Four soldiers go on a mission in Afghanistan.
Unfortunately, this film is bookended by pure propaganda. The first and last scenes might as well be a recruiting tool for the U.S. Armed Forces, deploying cliches about "pushing yourself" and "duty for country." The actual film is mostly compelling. The third act switches gears, taking the Afghans more seriously as characters than the first two acts, and the film takes on a moral complexity that is missing from the rest of the film.
All the performances are adequate, and the four principals are believable as soldiers.
Overall, this might be a four-star film without the propaganda
March 3, 2014
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Jim Hunter

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The title and initial scenes make the film quite predictable, but this is compensated by a surprisingly brutal second act with a first-rate sound job. Problem is, Berg is too concerned about making it a brainless pro-troop action movie, something clearer in the stupid third act.
February 28, 2014
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

This movie is intense. Really intense. This is an inspiring, true story of courage, honor, loyalty, compassion, and amazing bravery. It doesn't glorify war, or push a political agenda whatsoever. The acting is great, the music is emotionally jarring, and the action sequences are gut wrenching. Even Mark Wahlberg did a pretty darn good job, which is not something I have said in a long time.
February 14, 2014
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

Re-watch is in order however this intense and brutal movie that impacts the pain this go through onto the audience.
A twist in seeing the Afghans in a nicer light in the end, should be on the watch list, emotionally powerful at the end!
February 5, 2014
FiLmCrAzY
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    1. Marcus Luttrell: I don't go home, you don't go home.
    – Submitted by Brandon M (3 months ago)
    1. Matt Axelson: If I die, make sure Cindy knows how much I love her. And that I died here with my brothers, with a full fucking heart.
    2. Marcus Luttrell: You're not going to die.
    – Submitted by Olivia Y (3 months ago)
    1. Matt Axelson: You can die for your Country, but i'm gonna live for mine.
    – Submitted by Andrew G (3 months ago)
    1. Mike Murphy: Whatever you do, just find an excuse to win.
    – Submitted by ScubaSteve Walter M (3 months ago)
    1. Marcus Luttrell: Next one Shane.
    2. Shane Patton: Have fun you lucky bastard.
    – Submitted by Adam P (6 months ago)
    1. Mike Murphy: I wanna be on you.
    2. Marcus Luttrell: I wanna be on you.
    3. Mike Murphy: On you.
    – Submitted by Adam P (6 months ago)
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