We Were Soldiers Reviews

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Larry Carroll
Countingdown.com
April 16, 2002
...hides behind carnage in an attempt to seem weighty, but (should not) be taken any more seriously as a historical account than an average episode of "Hogan's Heroes".
Full Review | Original Score: C+
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Mel Gibson's Vietnam drama breaks under the weight of its contradictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
February 28, 2002
Perhaps a better celebration of these unfairly dismissed heroes would be a film that isn't this painfully forced, false and fabricated.
Full Review | Original Score: 44/100
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 1, 2002
Offers no new insight on the matter, nor do its characters exactly spring to life.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
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.
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
March 2, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
February 28, 2002
Once you've seen it over and over and over again in the movies, there are only so many new places that a filmmaker can take us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 3, 2002
the least successful of a recent spate of ultra violent war films that ennoble the U.S. military
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 4, 2002
This is a soldier's action-war film, that eulogizes them as noble heroes in a questionable war that has turned into a nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
March 9, 2002
Fails to make these powerful human experiences seem like anything other than tired war-film clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 7, 2002
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'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
Mais uma patriotada que mostra os americanos matando milhares de vietcongues, mas sendo mais 'humanos' que os inimigos.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 28, 2002
... as directed by Wallace, We Were Soldiers is not a lightning-paced, emotion-filled war movie but a turgid, platitudinous work of calendar art.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
February 28, 2002
Indeed, while the battle scenes aspire to the grisly ferocity of Saving Private Ryan, this war saga often elicits as many howls of laughter as growls of anguish.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 1, 2002
At its best, it's Black Hawk Down with more heart. At its worst, it's Rambo- meets-John Ford.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 5, 2002
By comparison, Oliver Stone's Platoon plays like the experience of a sensibly outraged man worthy of our sympathy.
June 7, 2002
This is an incredible story badly told.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
February 28, 2002
[Wallace] can write a good fight (Braveheart), but he certainly can't shoot one.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
June 10, 2002
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 24, 2008
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 12, 2002
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
February 13, 2003
Ultimately, it staggers out bloodied, partially bowed, but at least not totally beaten.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
Joseph Ruttle
Canada.com
March 9, 2002
Mark Ramsey
MovieJuice!
March 1, 2002
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
March 2, 2002
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 3, 2002
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
March 3, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
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David Ansen
Newsweek
August 18, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 2, 2002
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Arizona Republic
March 4, 2002

Guardian
March 18, 2002
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