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Pearl Harbor Reviews

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April 12, 2016
...a typically bloated Michael Bay production that squanders its few positive attributes over the course of a ludicrously padded-out running time...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 2, 2016
A tepid, wannabe-Titanic love story, under the stewardship of a man whose career has ranged from the emotional depth of an 11-year-old boy all the way up to a 13-year-old boy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
May 28, 2014
Pearl Harbor is a blockheaded, hollow-hearted industrial enterprise.
May 28, 2014
As impressive as the physical verisimilitude is, it only accentuates the contrast with the banalities of a script that lacks any fully developed characters.
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
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 27, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 27, 2014
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
Three hours and three minutes of guff and goo about the nobility of killing and/or being killed for arbitrary reasons.
May 27, 2014
There's no dismissing the film, if only because it offers another long, loud example of how Hollywood remains the hagiographic spinmeister of American war history.
May 27, 2014
The centerpiece is the attack. For 50 minutes, the filmmakers unleash nonstop eye candy.
May 27, 2014
Bloated and boring, Pearl Harbor is a collection of war-movie clichés.
May 27, 2014
Bay seems temperamentally incapable of holding a shot for much more than five seconds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 27, 2014
Weaknesses of plot and characterisation are only amplified by the film's unwieldy size and patriotic portent, and the script is toe-curlingly bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 27, 2014
While the film manages to drag the actual attack out to 45 minutes of its ponderous 183 minute running time, that still leaves a lot of movie to be taken up by what passes for plot -- a convoluted romance of the heavily cliched kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 27, 2014
This is so bad, it's good. This is a real disaster.
May 27, 2014
Those who should be offended are American veterans. Their service has been reduced to a sentimental fable of two heroic pilots and their noble lass proving their gumption and their bravery. Even as a tall tale, it's puny.
May 27, 2014
Go for the rousing flag-waving, for the sense of experiencing a terrible and profound moment in history, but be prepared to swallow it all with a huge dose of treacle.
May 27, 2014
Watch, enjoy, and then forget about it entirely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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