Tora! Tora! Tora! - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Tora! Tora! Tora! Reviews

Page 1 of 2
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 28, 2015
Directors Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, and Toshio Masuda have infused Tora! Tora! Tora! with an excessively dry and deliberate pace that results in an almost interminable first hour...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
December 20, 2012
Prior to "Tora!" movies showing the attack were jingoistic propaganda; afterwards, the attack was an excuse to indulge in Hollywood's fascination with American self-loathing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

May 15, 2012
Expensive but ultimately rather empty.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 15, 2012
The Japanese sneak attack that plunged the US into WW II is lavishly and fairly accurately, if not enthrallingly, brought to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
The film looks gorgeous in HD, and remains the best Hollywood treatment of Pearl Harbor.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
December 20, 2011
an interesting footnote in cinema history... though it's no less propaganda than the flag wavers from the 1940s
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric Melin
December 15, 2011
Strictly for history buffs only, because it presents the story in the most dry way possible. It's like a History Channel re-enactment with all of the right aircraft carriers and airplanes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 23, 2010
Historical accuracy stands as the biggest strength
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Variety Staff
July 8, 2008
Both overall director Richard Fleischer and his Japanese counterparts do a dull job, and the monotonously low-key tone of scene after scene almost suggests that each was filmed without a sense of ultimate slotting in the finished form.
Chuck O'Leary
June 4, 2007
Works well as a history lesson, and the recreation of the 12/7/41 attack is spectacular, but the film is much less effective on a character level.
| Original Score: 7/10
Clark Collis
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
This big-budget, noble-but-dull account of the run up to Pearl Harbour is high on historical veracity but low on drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic

Time Out
June 24, 2006
The climax, in particular, manages to be more than just a shoot-out, with Fleischer's intelligent direction generating a real feeling of chaos and apocalypse.
Emanuel Levy
September 1, 2005
Big, bloated, boring WWII drama
| Original Score: C
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
As history, it seems a fairly accurate account of what happened, although it never much bothers its head about why. As film art, it is nothing less than a $25-million irrelevancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Tora! Tora! Tora! is one of the deadest, dullest blockbusters ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
Told from both sides, and certainly better than "Pearl Harbor."
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 1, 2004
Gives the viewer a true sense of the frightening chaos felt at the time.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
November 29, 2002
Stodgy, but more edifying and entertaining than 'Pearl Harbor.'
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
February 24, 2002
It's rare for a feature film to attain the trifecta of entertaining, informing, and educating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Danny Graydon
June 13, 2001
Displaying an uncharacteristic even-handedness for Hollywood, this Japanese-American production is certainly the epic equal of Pearl Harbor, while consistently maintaining an almost unimpeachable honesty with its dual perspectives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Page 1 of 2