13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi Reviews

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February 25, 2016
Bay certainly has a style of his own, albeit one that again harks back to the 1980s -- an even more cartoonish variant on the music-video bombast pioneered by directors such as Tony Scott.
January 28, 2016
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a movie for anyone who saw The Hurt Locker and thought, "You know what would make this really good? If they got six really muscley dudes with machineguns to come in and blow away all the Arabs."
January 28, 2016
The title should give you some idea of how long this two-and-a-half hour film really feels.
January 26, 2016
It's all so hateful. Hates women. Hates talking. Hates tact. Loves guns.
January 20, 2016
The final word on this incident will require a more thoughtful filmmaker. But hopefully, that artist will possess at least half of Bay's punishing, peerless craft.
January 16, 2016
The movie is imperfect and overlong but it's never boring. And, although aspects of its factual accuracy can be called into question, it does a decent job of chronicling what happened that night.
January 16, 2016
Several critics have given 13 Hours a pass, citing Bay's skill at action engineering. It's his failure at everything else that makes this movie as hard to endure as it is impossible to believe. #helpme
January 15, 2016
[Bay] does well here what he always does well: He keeps the action at full throttle. This is also what he does so annoyingly: He always keeps things at full throttle.
January 15, 2016
[Bay] is hell on manly banter amid the explosions ("Just another Tuesday night in Benghazi"), and also moments carefully calculated to make you feel the horrors - and the heroics - of war. Emphasis on "calculated."
January 15, 2016
Bay's action sequences are as riveting and technically beautiful as ever, but his reductive worldview is also on display. "13 Hours" doesn't just lionize its American soldiers, it oozes disdain for everyone else.
January 15, 2016
13 Hours presents itself as a straightforward war film, but that's the last thing a subject this complex needed.
January 15, 2016
Unfortunately while Bay has an eye, he's never had an ear, and Chuck Hogan's screenplay is full of clunkers, tough-guy dialogue that seems made strictly for cheap applause.
January 15, 2016
If they are suffering the fog of war, you are suffering the fog-of-action movie, a phenomenon that Bay is all too well equipped to create, having previously worked on the Transformers franchise.
January 15, 2016
"13 Hours" is so macho it practically has a Born to Lose tattoo on its arm. It's a military grade war machine, and it comes in the same way it goes out: with guns blazing.
January 15, 2016
In 13 Hours, Bay is striving for something more realistic, and less Hollywood, than his World War II extravaganza. To some extent, he pulls it off.
January 14, 2016
A wholly fictitious bus blast had my audience applauding with glee. "That was for us!" a character grins. Yes, literally - it was invented for a crowd that prefers fist-pumping to facts.
January 14, 2016
A bizarre mix of war pornography and dour isolationist posturing
January 14, 2016
The film wants us to feel, as one of the men they protect says, "I'm proud to know Americans like you," but we're never really given the opportunity.
January 14, 2016
Bay's goal is to put you right in these men's boots, to feel the heat, the fear, the fatigue, the weight of the weapons and the web of camaraderie.
January 14, 2016
The most surprising thing is how Michael Bay makes 144 minutes pass so quickly.
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