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Lone Survivor (2014)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 199
Fresh: 149 | Rotten: 50

A true account of military courage and survival, Lone Survivor wields enough visceral power to mitigate its heavy-handed jingoism.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 12

A true account of military courage and survival, Lone Survivor wields enough visceral power to mitigate its heavy-handed jingoism.



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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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Jun 3, 2014


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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
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Lone Survivor' hits home and hits hard.

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

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source:
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The film's director, Peter Berg, wants to immerse you so deeply that you feel as if your bones are breaking, too. There's a price, of course, for that kind of immersion: It becomes tough to see the movie for the drum-beating.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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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: New York Magazine/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
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Lone Survivor comes off as a celebration of the martyred American soldier, that myth that makes it that much easier for old men to send young men to their deaths.

August 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Forbes

Knowing the outcome tends to lessen the intensity of the well-shot action sequences.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Columbus Alive
Columbus Alive

"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

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:

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:

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

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
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
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Audience Reviews for Lone Survivor

I didn't find this film particularly moving or powerful, other than in knowing from the title credits that it's based on actual events. Undoubtedly the soldiers on which the film was based were true heroes, but there was not much humanity or likability portrayed by the actors in this film. (This is surprising for me given that Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster star in the film!) The film was technically strong, but I didn't come away with the Jingoistic enthusiasm I would have expected from a film like this.
September 8, 2014

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Despite being based on a true story, I wasn't anxious enough to check it out as the flick belongs to war genre. However, when my brother decided to watch it, I couldn't help keeping him company. As it turns it, it wasn't a disastrous decision on my part as the movie was a bearable fare. (Knowing that there won't be much story, only action for most of the part, might have helped.) The fight for survival is neither engaging nor boring. The sequences involving Marcus and the kid are nicely done, though.

Nothing great here, but if you've fallen short of options, feel free to take this risk at your own cost.
August 26, 2014

Super Reviewer

"Lone Survivor," from writer/ director Peter Berg, has a technical ferocity that cannot be denied. The film's second half consists mainly of pronged volleys of war carnage; intensity arguably not seen in a Hollywood war production since Ridley Scott's superior "Black Hawk Down." The action is masterfully edited and staged, with award-level sound design. Berg has us tightly in his grasp in the picture's best moments, usually those in which the score is scrapped and we are immersed in the action with little in the way of the usual action movie tropes. While I admire "Lone Survivor" greatly for it's filmmaking and game cast, it's ultimately disappointing that Berg decided to garnish his gritty realism with occaional war movie cliches and hero worship. The way in which the Seals are garishly martyred akin to J.C. in "The Passion of the Christ" in particular is hard to swallow, especially considering the human stance Berg implements through most the picture, it's final stretch in particular. Such detractions are heightened in a good movie that could have been great. To quote Ben Foster's Matt Axelson while looking through the scope of his rifle, "You can die for your country... I'm gonna live for mine." Sometimes action is louder, and less cringe-inducing, than words.
June 28, 2014

Super Reviewer

This is Director, Peter Berg's true triumph, his most ambitious, thoughtful and breathtaking achievement. A true love letter to the Navy. It's on a par with war films like Black Hawk Down and Saving Private Ryan It's intensely gripping, action-packed and deeply moving. A heart-pounding and exhilarating thrill-ride that does not let up till the final shot is fired. You feel the tension escalate in the story and between the characters wonderfully and is acted superbly. A true powerhouse of a movie that's a riveting celebration of courage and brotherhood. An unforgettable movie that is a must-see. The all-star cast is tremendous and give strong performances and has outstanding chemistry. Mark Wahlberg is riveting. Taylor Kitsch is terrific. Ben Foster is excellent. Emile Hirsch is great. A truly memorable and extraordinary film with tremendous power.
June 17, 2014

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    1. Marcus Luttrell: That's not a knife, that's a fucking duck!
    – Submitted by Sissy D (3 months ago)
    1. Marcus Luttrell: I don't go home, you don't go home.
    – Submitted by Brandon M (8 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 (8 months ago)
    1. Matt Axelson: You can die for your Country, but i'm gonna live for mine.
    – Submitted by Andrew G (8 months ago)
    1. Mike Murphy: Whatever you do, just find an excuse to win.
    – Submitted by ScubaSteve Walter M (8 months ago)
    1. Marcus Luttrell: Next one Shane.
    2. Shane Patton: Have fun you lucky bastard.
    – Submitted by Adam P (11 months ago)
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