Miracle at St. Anna Reviews

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 11, 2014
Lee clearly has magical realism, fable, and historical enormity on the brain, and even though he stuffs the film with everything but the proverbial kitchen sink, his ultimate point is anyone's guess
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
At 160 minutes, it definitely suffers from Oscar Bloat.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
June 27, 2011
Miracle makes a bid for epic status, but Lee throws in more elements - including murder mystery and supernatural fantasy - than the narrative can stand. The two big battle scenes are impressively staged, but the action in between sprawls and stumbles.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 18, 2009
Takes too long to get to its one moving moment at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Spike Lee has turned in an odd hybrid of a film--a 160 minute war epic combined with a crime thriller combined with a discourse on civil rights.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
As a theoretical corrective, it's salutary; as a movie, it's a frickin' blooper
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
February 18, 2009
The agenda is obvious, but the rage feels justified, and meanwhile Lee gives us a few virtuoso touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
February 17, 2009
While it does have its weak points, it's held together by its unique angle on the war as well as strong characterization for its central characters.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 4, 2009
Problematic as a narrative...[but] Lee's simply too smart and talented to make a dismissible film. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 28, 2009
Ask ten people who've seen this movie what the title's "miracle" is referring to, and you'll get a couple of different guesses and a whole lot of blank stares and shrugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 62/100
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 25, 2009
There are endearing moments but we're in a Spike Lee world where it's okay to interject his "black vs. the privileged white-man" lecture time and again to the detriment of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 26, 2008
There's no moviemaking miracle at work here, just a half-baked project that might be Lee's biggest disappointment to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 12, 2008
It might have been easily trimmed by a half hour, which is a shame, because there are so many good moments buried in there -- a proverbial two-hour movie struggling to get out.
Top Critic
November 10, 2008
Lee is a filmmaker who, through talent, accomplishment, and a constant working of the refs in the Hollywood system, has earned autonomy over his films. I'm all for artistic freedom, but here he could have used a bit of oversight.
Top Critic
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 7, 2008
It's impressive that a filmmaker of Lee's distinction is willing to continue to push boundaries.
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
October 17, 2008
There may be a subtle bone somewhere in Spike Lee, but it would take a team of skilled surgeons to find it.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
October 14, 2008
Lee ... has created a brilliant war movie that encompasses many elements, but manages to engage us with all of the stories within the story he wants to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
October 12, 2008
Little imperfections prevent it from being the classic epic it wants to be, but Lee accomplishes quite a lot here.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
October 10, 2008
By choosing for his definitive portrait a tale based on a fictional novel rather than an actual true story, Lee has undermined his own efforts to properly depict the wartime experience for WWII-era blacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
October 9, 2008
Lee shows a knack for combat scenes and both the brutality and brotherhood of man. Opportunism, barbarism and hope mix in the most piercing, cathartic scenes. But his grudge match with Clint Eastwood weighs too heavily, and it's an ambitious mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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