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5 Days Of War Reviews

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Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
September 2, 2011
Harlin made a wise decision to use Checco Varese as his Director of Photography. As a veteran news cameraman, he has a wealth of experience shooting war zones which translated brilliantly to this film.
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
September 2, 2011
"5 Days of War" is an action-packed and tense story of a handful of ultra-heroic war correspondents who risk their lives to tell the truth.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 19, 2011
A finely realized depiction of war today and of the civilians who suffer the not always 'collateral' consequences.
Top Critic
August 18, 2011
The low-budget movie, set during Russia's 2008 invasion of Georgia, is neither innovative nor profound, but it is kinetic, visceral and sometimes moving.
Top Critic
Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 18, 2011
Whether its passion is faked or real is impossible to tell because it is expressed with such pulp-fiction gusto.
| Original Score: 4/5
Paj Sandhu
August 15, 2011
The drama is satisfying and the message is pertinent, making 5 Days of War a worthy alternative to all the mindlessness on offer this blockbuster season.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Harvey S. Karten
August 13, 2011
A pro-Georgian, anti-Russian war movie with lots of action.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
July 19, 2011
I think this is sort of quite an impressive film and it just sort of makes you angry all over again about this sort of unfairness of the politics in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
July 19, 2011
This tribute to news journalists manages to pack in a few cliches, but director Renny Harlin has always been good with action, and the action scenes here are scarily effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
July 19, 2011
While it's let down by its reliance on action genre clichés, this remains compelling and thought-provoking throughout.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 15, 2011
The film is stirring and moving and occasionally harrowing, needless to say, and it achieves its objective of powerfully documenting a short span of history that must not be overlooked
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 4, 2011
...an aggressively unwatchable piece of work that trivializes its searing subject matter...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
September 9, 2011
Opening with the oft-quoted statement "The first casualty of war is truth," 5 Days of War should have heeded its own warning.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
September 1, 2011
[Presents] its protagonist journalists as ill-defined types performing heroic daring-do and the Georgian refugees taken under their wing as a plot device.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 1, 2011
An action movie scarcely deeper than a Michael Bay extravaganza.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 30, 2011
One can imagine a powerful film being made using the brief 2008 'war' as a backdrop. Unfortunately, this isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 26, 2011
Harlin's film begins with the familiar adage that truth is the first casualty of war. Usually that phrase precedes an attempt to revive the patient, not bury it deeper in the rubble of propaganda.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
August 26, 2011
Basically 5 Days of War is a popcorn movie for people itching to hate Russians again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
August 26, 2011
5 Days of war seems like an eternity if you are in the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 26, 2011
The plot is culled from a variety of "war is hell but I'm covering it anyway" journalist-in-the-field movies but handled with clichéd clumsiness in a script by David Battle and doctored by Finnish writer Mikko Alanne.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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