Tears of the Sun - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Tears of the Sun Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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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
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 4, 2003
Deserves the bad reviews and the lackluster earnings it has accumulated thus far.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 20, 2003
Raping and pillaging and blowing things up is mainly what this movie is about, although it claims to show how the most robotic, dehumanized soldiers can be transformed by human suffering.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 12, 2003
Fuqua ... can stage action, but he can't save a trivializing, reactionary script featuring a Hollywood star (read America) as a global savior.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 11, 2003
This Black Hawk Down theft is a trial by cliché.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 9, 2003
In a movie with so much graphic suffering by innocent Africans, it's a bit disconcerting that so much loving attention is paid to Bruce Willis's anguished mug.
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March 8, 2003
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
March 8, 2003
Tears is efficient and gets the job done -- but there's not much personality on display.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 7, 2003
This movie should have been called Crocodile Tears of the Sun.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 7, 2003
The film is a strictly no-bull proposition.
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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
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 7, 2003
If you ever wanted a reason to root for a righteous invasion, this sequence -- like My Lai but improved because it's perpetrated by the bad guys -- provides it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mary Brennan
Seattle Times
March 7, 2003
If it were better done, Tears would be offensive: the villains are evil, faceless, baby-murdering Muslims. But the movie is so shoddy and one-dimensional that it's just a dreary, predictably violent bore.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
March 7, 2003
Propaganda doesn't get any more entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 7, 2003
At its best, it's a little hard to sit through. At its worst, it's like every other picture about soldiers on a tough mission. What pushes it above mediocrity is that it ends better than it begins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 7, 2003
Tears of the Sun has a title that makes no sense whatsoever. The film's message, on the other hand, makes too much sense -- it's simplistic and reactionary and designed to get hearts pumping but not minds thinking.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 7, 2003
Willis' performance redeems much of the film.
| Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 7, 2003
Painfully obvious, yet confusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
March 7, 2003
What's noteworthy is that Tears is simultaneously a gripping action tale and a plea for a policy of engagement, of humanitarian intervention, in parts of the world where oil is not at stake.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 7, 2003
Washington may like the timing, but the serious considerations of war and horror here are ultimately undermined by sentiment and schlock.
| Original Score: C+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 7, 2003
Just smart and novel enough to not be mistaken for military propaganda.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 7, 2003
At its best, the film is a nightmare embossed on a postcard -- horrific and ominously gorgeous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2003
Handsomely made, well-meaning but finally frustrating and unsatisfying, this perplexing film is an example of a previously unseen hybrid, the socially conscious, humanitarian action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 7, 2003
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 7, 2003
As generic as its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 7, 2003
Like most politicians and some columnists, the script kindly spares us any historical context or confusing detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 7, 2003
Can Bruce Willis save Africa from the Africans? Not in Antoine Fuqua's overwrought, blood-drenched fable of bogus Hollywood heroism, he can't.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 7, 2003
Timely but confused Black Hawk Down wannabe.
| Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 7, 2003
The audience's tears are more likely to result from boredom, irritation at Hans Zimmer's wretched fake-world-music score and inadvertent amusement at the thunderously earnest dialogue and Ms. Bellucci's awkward line readings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 7, 2003
Until it descends into mindless routine action in the climactic scenes, Tears of the Sun is essentially an impressionistic nightmare ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 7, 2003
Had the movie been a straightforward action yarn, it might have worked. But it tries to sound Platoon-like chords of sorrow.
| Original Score: C
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
March 7, 2003
Tears of the Sun may make you weep, but not for joy.
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
March 6, 2003
Its moral and political viewpoint is so crushingly simple-minded that one yearns for the intellectual nuance of George Bush.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 6, 2003
Flashy on the surface, Tears of the Sun is shallow at the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 6, 2003
Cries a river of cliches, but gets the job done.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 6, 2003
Antoine Fuqua, coming off Training Day, knows how to stage a skirmish in the foliage so that each leaf glistens with waxy moonlit peril.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 4, 2003
A really, really strong piece of work by [Willis].
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 4, 2003
Tears of the Sun is not a great movie, but it is satisfying, and represents an example of accomplished filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.