Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 9, 2004
Later scenes in Brotherhood make mad, passionate love with being cliched.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 12, 2004
At times the performances seem more akin to the histrionics of old silent movies, when emotions had to be seen because they couldn't be heard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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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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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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.
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
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
September 7, 2004
Shot on a lavish scale, the film unfortunately suffers from maudlin plotting and severe overacting.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 18, 2004
Tae Guk Gi is The Deer Hunter and Saving Private Ryan for South Korea's burgeoning cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
March 1, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
June 10, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 3, 2004
A tough and honest film.
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
February 17, 2005
Tae Guk Gi joins the ranks of classic war epics, besting many of the Hollywood movies it aims to emulate.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 6, 2005
It's powerfully moving and thoroughly involving, although rather over-constructed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 4, 2004
Fearless extremity...Brotherhood finally coalesces into an inescapable metaphor illustrating the madness of civil war.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Michelle Thomas
Future Movies UK
June 4, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
September 9, 2004
Thanks to its excess, and even at 140 minutes, Tae Guk Gi always entertains, just like Pearl Harbor and the rest of the best of Hollywood's dumb war movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
M.E. Russell
Oregonian
November 5, 2004
For fans of New Korean Cinema with strong stomachs for violence and melodrama, there's a lot to love.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
June 7, 2005

ComingSoon.net
September 6, 2004
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AV Club
September 6, 2004

BBC.com
June 7, 2005
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