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Pearl Harbor Reviews

May 28, 2014
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
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.
July 22, 2008
The bombs explode brilliantly but the story is a bust in "Pearl Harbor."
April 27, 2007
Brawny but brainless, Pearl Harbor is another bloated, irresponsible example of history according to Disney-a lame juggernaut that falsifies the facts, assaults the senses and leaves you blind, deaf and soulless.
February 9, 2006
This bunk is history.
November 16, 2001
For my money a much better heartbreaker, thrillmaker and tear-tweaker than Titanic.
September 7, 2001
The woe and horror of the event is steamrolled by a surplus of special and digitized effects.
June 7, 2001
Mostly tests one's patience with unseaworthy dialogue and performers drowning in oily cliches.
June 6, 2001
The net result of this mighty effort is perhaps predictable: near total inconsequence.
May 25, 2001
The filmmakers are incapable of infusing history with soap opera immediacy.
May 25, 2001
Ships, planes and water combust and collide in Pearl Harbor, but nothing else does in one of the wimpiest wartime romances ever filmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 25, 2001
It blows up as good as anything movie technology has yet detonated, and it leaves you feeling absolutely, incontrovertibly numb.
May 25, 2001
Pearl Harbor is essentially Top Gun with period costumes and the campy homoeroticism in check.
May 25, 2001
Bay takes the easy way out with this movie, shunning the real pain of the attack to concentrate on the shallow feelings of his stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 25, 2001
It gets the job done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 25, 2001
Such a bloodless picture that it neither insults nor honors the memory of these soldiers.
May 25, 2001
A starchy, overpowering helping of red, whiete and blue kitsch served up with piping-hot bombast.
May 25, 2001
The bulk of the three-hour epic is third-rate schmaltz that pays only lip service to history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 25, 2001
Pearl Harbor is superficial, melodramatic and too long -- and that's the good news.
May 25, 2001
An indulgently paced three hours, the picture is nearly painstaking in its traditionalism.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 25, 2001
The attack sequence in Pearl Harbor shows technical smarts to spare. Where matters of emotional and political truth are concerned, it's crude and jingoistic beyond compare.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
May 25, 2001
Most of it is just mediocre bull, the same sort of empty bluster we've come to expect from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay when the weather warms.
May 25, 2001
Wins at war but loses at love.
May 25, 2001
The date that will live in infamy has been reduced to a movie that is mired in mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 25, 2001
All the jolt that computer graphics can offer, Pearl Harbor supplies.
May 25, 2001
An unremarkable action movie; Pearl Harbor supplies the subject, but not the inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 24, 2001
Perhaps they should have called this 'Bore-a, Bore-a, Bore-a.'
May 24, 2001
Nearly every line of the script drops from the actors' mouths with the leaden clank of exposition, timed with bad sitcom beats.
May 24, 2001
After the first few minutes, it's just fireworks and bodies in motion.
May 24, 2001
Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and the entire cast and crew have given us a Pearl Harbor to remember.
May 24, 2001
Strangely, though, after all of the movie's manipulations and the big events, we don't get a sense at the end that we've accompanied the characters through a journey.
May 24, 2001
Bay's overdirection... makes Hallmark-card images of the young lovers against backgrounds of lush vegetation and fiery explosions, and the end results are oddly remote, lacking any real emotion.
May 24, 2001
A lot of people will rightfully be crowing about the technically astonishing battle scenes that take up over an hour of screen time. But getting there is a cliche-ridden, often laughable chore.
May 24, 2001
The central romance of Pearl Harbor is serviceable enough, and Affleck and Beckinsale really bring it home.
May 24, 2001
Surprise attacks should be swift and penetrating. Neither adjective applies to Pearl Harbor.
May 24, 2001
From its opening calendar-art sunrise to the There You'll Be love theme that Faith Hill sings over the final credits, Pearl Harbor is deep-down phony.
May 24, 2001
A script with the most underdeveloped characters and spectacularly realized visuals since Titanic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 24, 2001
When no one's fighting, it's mostly a blindingly tedious soap opera, complete with an unexciting love triangle, a pushy musical score, a miraculous feat by a disabled character and an equally miraculous revival of one of the heroes.
May 24, 2001
It's all smoke and fireballs, spectacle without any real punch.
May 24, 2001
Better to wait until it's available on video and you have the option of using a fast-forward button.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 24, 2001
Unfortunately, pasted around that stunning [action] sequence is a story so clogged with cliches of every description, so overblown, bombastic and agonizingly sentimental that it's hard to watch it with a straight face.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 8, 2001
Superbly marketed, Pearl Harbor is the very model of a modern blockbuster. Will it matter that almost nothing about its human drama rings true?