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We Were Soldiers (2002)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 143
Fresh: 90 | Rotten: 53

The war cliches are laid on a bit thick, but the movie succeeds at putting a human face on soldiers of both sides in the Vietnam War.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 12

The war cliches are laid on a bit thick, but the movie succeeds at putting a human face on soldiers of both sides in the Vietnam War.



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A fact-based tale of men under fire, their common acts of uncommon valor, and their loyalty to and love for one another during one of the most savage military battles in U.S. history. On November 14, 1965, in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam, in a small clearing called Landing Zone X-Ray, Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore and 400 troopers from the U.S. 7th Air Cavalry are surrounded by 2000 enemy soldiers in what would become the first, and perhaps the worst, major battle of the Vietnam War.



Randall Wallace

Aug 20, 2002


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All Critics (167) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (90) | Rotten (53) | DVD (29)

Probably the best thing you can say about We Were Soldiers is that it does justice to an awful conflict.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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The Vietnam setting looks authentic enough, but the action is as inert and unpersuasive as Gibson's attempt to fashion Bill Mauldin poetry out of his $20-million-plus smirk.

June 1, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Makes you cry for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who died so pointlessly with Geoghegan. And their orphans.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Slate
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As I settled into my World War II memories, I found myself strangely moved by even the corniest and most hackneyed contrivances.

March 14, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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After suffering through We Were Soldiers, I think I've seen all the war movies I care to endure for quite some time.

March 13, 2002
New York Observer
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One of the most violent movies ever released.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The war genre, vigorously energized with Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down, takes several steps backward with this old-fashioned moralistic saga, a tribute not only to the soldiers in combat in Vietnam but also to the homefront.

December 22, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

I was impressed by Wallace's emphasis of Moore's faith, but the violence struck me as excessive, taking valuable time that could have been used to develop characters.

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

... A fitting tribute to all the men and women who have fought and died for their country -- and for each other.

January 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Gibson wears a rictus of distaste which seems more suggestive of dodgy on-set catering than the horrors of combat.

October 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Mais uma patriotada que mostra os americanos matando milhares de vietcongues, mas sendo mais 'humanos' que os inimigos.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

...A gripping, fast-moving film that will be added to the short list of quality movies focused on the U.S. conflict in Vietnam.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Almost always competent, but never brilliant. Its textbook approach to moviemaking is so common in Hollywood war films that it can't be called new or enlightening.

January 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Radio Free Entertainment | Comment (1)
Radio Free Entertainment

I didn't mind the film's sentimental view of GIs. It's stuff like this that gets me crying, especially in times of combat like now. I wasn't the only one wiping tears away. It's hard not to when you're proud to be an American.

December 19, 2002
Billings Outpost (Montana)

This is a good film; strong, honest, strikingly photographed (by Dean Semler) and appropriately devastating.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Mel Gibson's Vietnam drama breaks under the weight of its contradictions.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Not that anything's inherently wrong with a patriotic war movie, but there's a distastefulness in the film's simpleton view of mass suffering.

August 26, 2002 Full Review | Comment (1)

It's refreshing to see a pre-acid rock movie about Vietnam.

August 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World
Lawrence Journal-World

Presenta los hechos de una manera que recuerda a lo peor de la derecha republicana, asemejándose a la patética y triste época del senador McCarthy y su 'cacería de brujas'

August 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Moviola

Another in a long line of ultra-violent war movies, this one is not quite what it could have been as a film, but the story and theme make up for it.

July 9, 2002 Full Review

We were soldiers es la voz de los soldados muertos que reclaman el haber sido enviados a defender un país, para luego ser simplemente dejados atrás.

June 28, 2002

This is an incredible story badly told.

June 7, 2002 Full Review Source:

The first war picture in recent memory that owes more to John Ford than to Sony PlayStation.

June 5, 2002
Philadelphia Weekly

plays like an unbalanced mixture of graphic combat footage and almost saccharine domestic interludes that are pure Hollywood.

June 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
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Audience Reviews for We Were Soldiers

"We Were Soldiers is a really well made war movie of the Vietnam War. It's really intense. The action never lets up. There is constant chaos and bodies dropping while more are being let off of the helicopter's. The acting is really good in this. I was surprised with how much talent was in one film. Usually you get a movie with some big leads and then some other small known actors. But there was plenty of well known actors which made this film all that much better because of the great performances that were given. I liked that the film showed both sides of the Vietnam War. I also liked how it showed how hard it is for the women waiting at home. It really was one of the better war films I have ever watched. A must see."
February 4, 2013

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Its just so cliche. The action, music, and acting aren't motivating at all. The montage sequences drone on. Its just not that great.
February 7, 2012
paul o.
paul oh

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I didn't like this war movie very much.
I'm a huge fan of war movies and there has been some truly amazing , brillant war movies but i don't think this one is up to scratch.
June 3, 2011
Film Crazy

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We Were Soldiers is quite possibly the best Vietnam war film since Platoon. Based on Colonel Harold Moore's, We Were Soldiers Once... And Young. We Were Soldiers tells a compelling story about the first major engagement during the Vietnam war. Braveheart screenwriter, Randall Wallace directs this film with great accuracy. The film is not flawless, but for the most part, it does a great job at being authentic. The film does a great job at establishing the characters, unlike previous war films where you are shown little character development, We Were Soldiers demonstrates perfect character development and you sympathize when one of the characters are killed in combat. I found We Were Soldier to be very different than any other Vietnam war film because it shows the human side of these soldiers, we are shown the family side of the soldiers, and unlike every other Vietnam war film, we are shown that these soldiers have sympathy and aren't blood thirsty animals who are "baby killers". We Were Soldier an achievement in war films as it shows the carnage of war, and shows us the human side of it as well. Randall Wallace has crafted a phenomenal war film, and the cast he directs give stunning, poignant performances. We Were Soldiers is the best Vietnam war film to come along in a long time, and like I've said before, it's a very different one as well. Of course one of the best parts of this film is that it shows that the soldiers fighting this war weren't monsters, and for me that is a positive thing. The battle scenes are incredible, and very intense and suspenseful. Not flawless, but very close, We Were Soldiers is yet another memorable addition to the war genre. A fine film, and may I add also a misunderstood one at that.
October 17, 2010
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Lt. Col. Harold G. Moore: This is where the metal meets the meat.
    – Submitted by Michael M (17 months ago)
    1. SGM Basil Plumley: What are you, the f*cking weatherman.
    – Submitted by Kathy C (2 years ago)
    1. Major Bruce Crandall: To save innocent and vulnerable people by any means is not called a 'war' between two or more countries its called a genuine and good cause to be there.Americans did not loose a war, they did not surrender, they showed and left an example for other countries to reach for those in need, any day, any time any where in any circumstances, despite having any faith. That's a cause. A reason to live .
    – Submitted by Ikramuddin A (2 years ago)
    1. Lt. Col. Nguyen Huu An: Those who are about to fight and die, I am grateful.
    – Submitted by Geoff T (2 years ago)
    1. Joseph L. Galloway: [narrating] We who have seen war, will never stop seeing it. In the silence of the night, we will always hear the screams. So this is our story, for we were soldiers once, and young.
    – Submitted by Geoff T (2 years ago)
    1. Lt. Col. Harold G. Moore: I will be the first man to walk on to the battlefield, and the last to walk off!
    – Submitted by Justin K (3 years ago)
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