• R, 2 hr. 19 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Randall Wallace
  • In Theaters:    Mar 1, 2002 Wide
  • On DVD:    Aug 20, 2002
  • Paramount Pictures

We Were Soldiers Reviews

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Larry Carroll
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
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
March 1, 2002

Offers no new insight on the matter, nor do its characters exactly spring to life.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
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
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
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
March 9, 2002

Fails to make these powerful human experiences seem like anything other than tired war-film clichés.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jorge Avila Andrade
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
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
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
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic
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
Gene Seymour
Top Critic
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
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
Top Critic
March 5, 2002

By comparison, Oliver Stone's Platoon plays like the experience of a sensibly outraged man worthy of our sympathy.

Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone
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

Todd McCarthy
Top Critic
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.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
November 6, 2002

Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002

Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002

Joseph Ruttle
March 9, 2002

Mark Ramsey
March 1, 2002

Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
March 2, 2002

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
March 3, 2002

Jason Anderson
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

David Ansen
Top Critic
August 18, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
March 2, 2002

Arizona Republic
Top Critic
March 4, 2002

March 18, 2002

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