Tears of the Sun Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Shamelessly one-sided with cheesy wooden dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 23, 2007
The movie regales us with the heroics of a (mostly) white American platoon picking off anonymous black savages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com
May 28, 2005
A huge screaming bore of a war flick with a big plate of pretentiousness on the side.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
...an unapologetic paean to the nobility of the American foot solider.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 6, 2004
A tale of courage so facile and off-handedly racist that only Hollywood could have invented it. It confuses slaughter with action, and it's stupid, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 6, 2004
... Fuqua relies on old-fashioned, gung-ho heroics and the stern face of Bruce Willis to carry the show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 4, 2004
Tears of the Sun... [tells us]how the chain of command can be ignored if you 'feel' you have a better idea. Let's hope no one takes this seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
November 28, 2003
Ao contrário de insultos como Falcão Negro em Perigo e Fomos Heróis, o protagonista deste filme investe numa causa nobre. E isso faz toda a diferença.
| Original Score: 4/5
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
September 22, 2003
Offers a heroism high on condition that you can ditch disbelief ASAP.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
September 14, 2003
Movies like Tears of the Sun, which are not up to getting immersed in current events, should just stay away from history entirely.
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment
September 9, 2003
Dumbed-down, tree-hugging propaganda trying to masquerade as an action film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/10
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
August 17, 2003
The issues it raises are both noble, topical and worth exploring, which makes this an interesting, if flawed, military exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 27, 2003
Tears waffles so much between three 'war-is' mentalities - hell, redemptive and super-cool for explosions - that it's hard to truly connect.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 13, 2003
More entertaining than the average action flick
| Original Score: B
Top Critic
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 22, 2003
Will a thinking audience really buy the image of helpless, grateful people bestowing kisses and victory songs upon Willis as the representative of all things American: power, guts, compassion?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 5, 2003
overwrought, underwritten and with glacial pace that makes for a piquant juxtaposition to its tropical Nigerian location.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 4, 2003
Deserves the bad reviews and the lackluster earnings it has accumulated thus far.
Michael Drakulich
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
March 31, 2003
'Tears of the Sun is great PR for United States foreign policy and its military. Colin Powell and Donald Rumsfeld could not have crafted a more pro-United States script, nor could they have hoped for a more valorous portrayal of its soldiers.'
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 26, 2003
It's as if the blueprint for the basic outline never left the development table, resulting in a picture that's painted in wide swaths of soldier-boy posturing and pontificating.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
March 25, 2003
Unusually thoughtful and involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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