13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi Reviews

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February 13, 2020
The frustrating thing about 13 Hours is that you can feel Bay wanting to get serious.
January 13, 2020
13 Hours is a typical Bay disaster, full of what would be called rookie mistakes had they been made by anyone else.
March 30, 2019
Undeniably reverent of the real-life heroes who risked and lost their lives, but we are ultimately let down with a cliched script and overly Hollywood production that ignores the harrowing complexities of modern war.
August 30, 2018
Politics aside, 13 Hours is just a dull and poorly assembled grab for ticket sales. The film is visually hard to follow, never fully invests in its characters, and never gets the audience to do the same.
August 27, 2018
13 Hours tells an exciting story in the most boring way possible, like a patronizing picture book describing warfare.
August 21, 2018
"This is a true story," Bay announces at the beginning of this misbegotten misfire. You know, because more responsible wording like "based on" is strictly for wusses.
October 25, 2017
It's typical Bay stuff -- jingoistic, heavy on gunfire and explosions, but so short of proper characterisation that by the end I had no idea which of the gun-toting, super-macho contractors were alive and which were dead.
October 16, 2017
... our typical loud, dumb, overlong Michael Bay celebration of guns, guys, and America.
June 26, 2017
Bay chooses to pander, by promoting a worldview that has no room for intellect or compassion, and reinforcing stereotypes. 13 Hours is a film made with no thought to its larger consequences.
December 31, 2016
13 Hours remains very much a combat movie made by the man who once hustled Armageddon onto our screens, no more nourishing, affecting or heavyweight than the popcorn ground into the multiplex carpet.
December 6, 2016
Far too enervating to do much of anything other than be annoying. But you can see the good film inside of it.
November 29, 2016
There are few horrors of war that can't be reduced to blockbuster shtick.
November 9, 2016
Fashioning big-brawn, tiny-brain, lone-wolf myths out of issues as complex as U.S. involvement in the Middle East is, at this point, morally irresponsible.
August 16, 2016
The emotional component is cheapened, at least partially, inserting a level of bad taste into the proceedings I found difficult to get past.
July 26, 2016
The loss of life is movingly depicted but these largely unfeasible, weirdly unreal characters are much too cocky and swaggery, when not being disdainful and patronising towards the locals. So don't bother.
July 11, 2016
At best it's a passable blood-pressure-cranking thriller, like a foreign-set Homeland episode, but without the political soul-searching. At worst, it's like a live-action Team America, roaring to climax in a noisy blaze of stars and stripes.
June 12, 2016
Makes American Sniper look positively pacifist by comparison.
May 24, 2016
With the shootings and bombings going off incessantly for the movie's almost 21/2-hour run, it feels like the film-maker is gleefully navigating a military video game and all the film's characters are mere pawns.
April 27, 2016
Punishingly paced, flimsily constructed, and tackily executed, with the subtlety and panache of a third-rate 1930s melodrama.
April 26, 2016
Michael Bay's retelling of the Battle of Benghazi lives up to its name, because when the last man falls to the ground, limbs gruesomely ripped apart, it feels like you've been watching it for half a day.
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