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Pearl Harbor

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Pearl Harbor tries to be the Titanic of war movies, but it's just a tedious romance filled with laughably bad dialogue. The 40 minute action sequence is spectacular though.

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This sweeping drama, based on real historical events, follows American boyhood friends Rafe McCawley (Ben Affleck) and Danny Walker (Josh Hartnett) as they enter World War II as pilots. Rafe is so eager to take part in the war that he departs to fight in Europe alongside England's Royal Air Force. On the home front, his girlfriend, Evelyn (Kate Beckinsale), finds comfort in the arms of Danny. The three of them reunite in Hawaii just before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Cast & Crew

Ben Affleck
Rafe McCawley
Josh Hartnett
Danny Walker
Kate Beckinsale
Evelyn Stewart
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Doris "Dorie" Miller
Tom Sizemore
Sgt. Earl Sistern
Jon Voight
President Roosevelt
Colm Feore
Admiral Kimmel
Mako
Admiral Yamamoto
Mike Stenson
Executive Producer
Barry H. Waldman
Executive Producer
Randall Wallace
Executive Producer
Chad Oman
Executive Producer
Bruce Hendricks
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John Schwartzman
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Critic Reviews for Pearl Harbor

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  • Pearl Harbor is a blockheaded, hollow-hearted industrial enterprise.

    May 28, 2014
  • The best way to see the movie is as I did: expecting nothing and being pleasantly surprised, and strangely moved, by Mr. Bay's audacity in filming his lovers in end-of-the-world close-ups, however briefly.

    May 28, 2014 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

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  • The effect of watching a Michael Bay film is indistinguishable from having a large, pointy lump of rock drop on your head. His new picture, Pearl Harbor, maintains the mood.

    May 28, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Pearl Harbor is a bomb, make no mistake. But the movie is such a noisy, persistent bomb that it is guaranteed to draw a crowd.

    May 27, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • For all the 118 actors listed, the movie offers almost no sense of authentic humanity. The faces the filmmakers plaster on their characters are as flat and stereotyped as those on war-recruitment posters.

    May 27, 2014
  • Leave it to Bay and Bruckheimer to reduce one of America's biggest military tragedies into a three-hour avalanche of Kodak moments, and one of America's defining crises into a facile exercise in fake uplift.

    May 27, 2014 | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

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Audience Reviews for Pearl Harbor

  • Jan 21, 2019
    From director Michael Bay comes the big-budget World War II epic Pearl Harbor. The story follows two best friends who become fighter pilots and get stationed at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack. Featuring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Jon Voight, Jennifer Garner, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Alec Baldwin, the film has an all-star cast. And, the special effects and battle sequences are extraordinarily well-done, as is the score by Hans Zimmer. But the script is awful, trying to squeeze three different movies into one, and doing a bad job of it. Also, the pacing is incredibly slow, dragging on and on interminably at times. Yet despite all of its problems, Pearl Harbor is a compelling war film with some powerful action scenes.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2016
    I'm not an American, so I don't know that much about the true story behind this movie. But I do know that I found this movie really entertaining. Of course, there are some points in the movie where it feels extremely slow and you would rather cut your own fingers with razor, but in the end if you are able to see the deep story in what Michael Bay tried to create, it's actually a very entertaining, well-done story that deserves way more acclaim that it got.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2012
    The story and the screenplay get a 0%, but the action sequence pulls the score up a bit.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2012
    The only things good about Pearl Harbor are the action scenes that are surely over the top and the cast's good acting. I guess what made it ineffective is that it's trying too hard to present several viewpoints concerning this World War 2 chronicle which makes it hard for each of those minor stories to seep through the audience's consciousness. It wasn't even that poignant as compared to other war films.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer

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