Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War Reviews

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 3, 2004
A tough and honest film.
Ethan Alter
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 3, 2004
The battle scenes are terrifically filmed, often reaching Private Ryan's level of intensity, and despite your better judgment, you do get caught up in the melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
September 3, 2004
The battle scenes are gripping and horrific, the special effects amazing, and the sentimentality overwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
September 3, 2004
Epic in scope and violent in a way that every war film has to be since Saving Private Ryan, Taegukgi is a big-time movie that never loses sight of its human story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 3, 2004
Alternately brutal and schlocky, and occasionally both at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
September 3, 2004
I don't think I'll be the last Westerner who found it hard to sit through two hours and 20 minutes worth of melodramatic plotting, hysterical acting and brutally graphic combat sequences that are all shot in the same herky-jerky, dirt-sprayed, irritating
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 3, 2004
Many movies lose their way coming out of the second act, but few plunge from stirring to stupid as quickly or as fully.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 3, 2004
There's nothing subtle in the symbolism of this operatic melodrama, in which emotion overcomes reason... (but) that runaway passion is also what drives the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
September 2, 2004
...take a number of its cues from Saving Private Ryan...it's overall tone, however, is more melodramatic.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 2, 2004
Melodramatic and exciting view about a war (in Korea) rarely filmed.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
September 2, 2004
The film does offer Western viewers rare access to another country's innermost anxieties and contradictions, and as such is a fascinating document.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 2, 2004
Successfully combines audience-friendly sentimentality with absolutely grueling combat footage and an unexpected but unmistakable hostility toward the entire notion of war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
September 2, 2004
Redolent of Saving Private Ryan and We Were Warriors, but almost entirely devoted to combat violence and sentimental interludes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
September 2, 2004
Writer/director Kang Je-gyu dedicates himself to the human side of a grand tale, to people who've been uprooted by history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
September 2, 2004
While it comes on like a flag-waver, it actually delivers something more nuanced.
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Ed Park
Village Voice
August 31, 2004
In the rare moments when a rifle, grenade, howitzer, bayonet, dagger, fist, land mine, or flamethrower isn't being deployed, the film pushes its melodramatic plotline with soap operatic shamelessness.
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Derek Elley
Variety
August 23, 2004
Kang remains a superb technician, but somewhere the movie forgot to pack any genuine emotion along with its ordnance and K rations.
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Andrew Sun
Hollywood Reporter
July 27, 2004
It's an overwhelming vision far more realistic and insightful than the wacky MASH unit through which most Americans have seen this period.
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
June 10, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Michelle Thomas
Future Movies UK
June 4, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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