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The Alamo Reviews

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TV Guide
January 31, 2012
All the pontificating about the joys of freedom becomes irritating, but James Edward Grant's dialogue occasionally crackles with enough humorous wit to hold an audience untill the gripping finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 31, 2012
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
In spite of the painstaking attempts to explore the characters of the picture's three principal heroes (Bowie, Crockett, Travis), there is an absence of emotional feeling, of a sense of participation.
Emanuel Levy
February 23, 2007
Despite a banal and preachy script, full of speeches about religion and patriotism,the film has some good action sequences; overall, it's not worse than the 2004 remake starring Billy Bob Thornton.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Milne
Time Out
February 9, 2006
An elephantine, historically inaccurate, stridently patriotic tribute to the handful of Texans who faced assault by 7,000 Mexican baddies.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 3, 2005
Patriotic but inaccurate epic Western.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
As his own producer and director, Mr. Wayne has unfortunately let his desire to make a "big" picture burden him with dialogue. His action scenes are usually vivid, his talk scenes are long and usually dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 25, 2004
Duke does Alamo redux. Heroic, overblown, speechy.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 19, 2004
John Wayne doesn't appear for the first twenty minutes of The Alamo, his 1960 directorial debut, and that's a bad sign.
Christopher Null
April 18, 2004
Wildly overwrought, clumsy, and embarassingly directed.
| Original Score: 2/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 1, 2004
Could Wayne have crafted a better film if he only tried his hand at directing, instead of putting on the hero's mantle as well? Doubtful.
Full Review | Original Score: D+

July 8, 2003
There's a lot of talky drama and it takes more than two hours before you get to the fighting, but it remains an American epic.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
The Alamo is an engaging and spectacular tribute to the power of filmmaking - both as socio-historic document and as a flashlight into the hearts of its participants.
Cole Smithey
March 4, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
January 9, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 12, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 23, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 15, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 18, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Renshaw
Apollo Guide
March 7, 2001
| Original Score: 68/100
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