Men of Honor Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
June 24, 2011
inspirational message plays well to mainstream audiences
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Stirring story--may be appropriate for some teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
January 17, 2010
Brashear is all sheer determination and nothing else, displaying none of the vulnerability that would make him into a believable human being.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Cashill
June 18, 2008
This seaman's tale languishes in shallow waters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 16, 2007
Strangled with formula.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 2, 2004
The decision to shift some of the attention to De Niro's character...dilutes the power of Brashear's fascinating life story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...a well-made throwback to the days of old, when telling a story was what mattered; not special effects or flashy editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
An unfortunately sappy telling of a truly amazing story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 15, 2002
The performances, especially De Niro's quiet rage, occasionally lift Men of Honor above its predictability
| Original Score: 2.5/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 15, 2002
a pair of potentially fascinating characters at its core, two wonderful actors in the lead roles and a boatload of good intentions. So why does this telling of the life of Carl Brashear seem enervated rather than invigorating?
Scott Weinberg
October 10, 2001
There's nothing in this movie you haven't seen 12 times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 20, 2001
It holds few surprises, but it's just the ticket if you're in the mood for two hours of proudly traditional entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 30, 2001
...the liberties Hollywood took in dressing it up only serve to undermine its effectiveness.
| Original Score: 5/10
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 23, 2001
Bypasses the ambition and integrity found in a similar-themed but markedly better film like Norman Jewison's The Hurricane.
Full Review | Original Score: D
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
engrossing enough to qualify as solid entertainment with a meaningful message
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dave Kehr
January 1, 2000
Packed with clichés.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
With every dramatic scene and turn of phrase molded by a formulaic, Screenwriting 101 mentality, it's pure Hollywood pap.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
So full of schmaltz that it leaves viewers in constant jeopardy of gagging.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 1, 2000
Generic and poky, redeemed only somewhat by the two leads and the periodic effective segments.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tim Bennett
January 1, 2000
The story is inspiring. But Men of Honor just isn't inspired.
| Original Score: 6/10
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