Tears of the Sun Reviews

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Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 4, 2003
The very things that make "Tears of the Sun" a riveting thriller destroy its attempt to become a powerful drama. Yet, I admire it immensely for its determination to be unique and original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 7, 2003
Shamelessly one-sided, with cheesy wooden dialogue and even cheesier -- and numbingly predictable -- plot developments.
| Original Score: C-
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Shamelessly one-sided with cheesy wooden dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Larry Carroll
Countingdown.com
March 7, 2003
This is the best Bruce Willis movie since his last one! - Let's see them blurb that.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 3, 2003
Fuqua mixes the heroism, tears and courage with enough taut suspense and action to appeal to male audiences of all ages.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 7, 2003
It's not a bad film; it's just not very enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 16, 2003
If you have accepted that there are few new stories in Hollywood, or even old stories being told in new ways, then you have accepted the mediocrity that awaits you in this grim, inconsequential action drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
March 5, 2003
An overly sentimental, arch screenplay detracts from Fuqua's previously exhibited strength as a director.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
March 17, 2003
I'm sure they'll take away my film geek badge for saying so, but shouldn't they have dumbed this down a little more?
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 4, 2003
Uninvolving due to stick-figure characters and off-putting in its images of technology-enhanced Yanks striding like benevolent giants among helpless Third World victims.
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.
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
Top Critic
Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 7, 2003
The movie might have gotten a dramatic boost from its topical theme, indirect as it is. Unfortunately, it's not one-tenth as interesting as what you can see at home during a nightly cable surf as U.S. war policy is debated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 7, 2003
Fuqua desires to do more, but he hasn't developed the skill to incorporate moral and ethical themes into his stories.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
March 6, 2003
The movie hammers home its message with the subtlety of an unfettered belch.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
March 4, 2003
An abysmal, hyper-propagandized testosterone peddler.
| Original Score: 1/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 31, 2003
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 11, 2003
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
October 18, 2008
Shinan Govani
National Post
March 11, 2003
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
March 7, 2003
Ben Nuckols
San Francisco Examiner
March 25, 2003
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October 18, 2008
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March 8, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
March 9, 2003
Top Critic
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Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004

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March 7, 2003
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March 7, 2003

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March 14, 2003

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July 2, 2003

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September 13, 2003

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October 1, 2003
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