Saints and Soldiers Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
August 26, 2014
Thoughtful, engaging World War II movie has battle violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 6, 2005
Nicely detailed if slackly paced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 6, 2005
Director Ryan Little has mounted a remarkably effective production on what must have been a shoestring by Hollywood standards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
April 29, 2005
There aren't any plot surprises in this low-budget effort, so the success of the mission from a viewer standpoint depends on how well you connect with the characters and their plight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 28, 2005
Little makes good use of modest resources, but after a while, the film's less-is-more aesthetic grows threadbare.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
April 1, 2005
A worthy effort that's entirely appropriate for mainstream audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 24, 2005
It's no earthshaker, but the indie film is refreshingly different from the current movie norm, it's won more than 15 awards on the festival circuit, and war-movie aficionados will find it well worth the journey to one of its four suburban venues.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 12, 2004
It has the strengths and the clean lines of a traditional war movie, without high-tech special effects to pump up the noise level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
November 11, 2004
It's the movie equivalent of singing 'Onward Christian Soldiers' to those already in the choir.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 3, 2004
A solid, good-looking effort that bends a bit too much toward war-film conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
October 28, 2004
valuable in its embrace of true Christian forgiveness
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 21, 2004
Though Saints and Soldiers' examination of faith, self-sacrifice and morality is not groundbreaking, it always holds our interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 20, 2004
A feel-good film about a small group of soldiers in WWII who are so saintly that they never curse.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury
October 18, 2004
'A gem of a movie with an unusually convincing reality base. We feel as if there's no distance between us and the fighting men. And that lack of distance is the film's point.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 15, 2004
It's hard to get behind characters who feel like lazy archetypes.
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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
October 15, 2004
In his feature film debut, Little uses washed-out color and a you-are-there immediacy to tell a powerful wartime tale of survival, morality and honor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
October 15, 2004
There's little here to make this stand out in an already well-stuffed genre.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
October 15, 2004
Blessed with a smart script and an excellent cast of unknowns, first time director Ryan Little, who also served as cinematographer, establishes himself as a major talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 15, 2004
That the film seems willing to erect a simple religious parable on such a moral morass is bewildering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dana Stevens
New York Times
October 14, 2004
War is heck in the clean-scrubbed world of Saints and Soldiers, the best low-budget, Mormon World War II epic you'll see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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