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The Big Red One Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
April 12, 2009
... if you want a World War II story from a real vet's perspective, Sam Fuller is still the man and The Big Red One, drawn from his own war experiences, is the film
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 12, 2007
Personal observation bleeds out of every scene, and somehow it feels like a true story in a way that most war movies can't achieve.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 2, 2006
... displays both raw power and the hint of war's brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Barsanti
May 10, 2005
meant to be the culmination of a life's work... It didn't come to pass.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 18, 2005
The cast smartly underplays things, with Marvin being as charismatic as usual playing a man of few words. And Hamill, an actor given to over-the-top outbursts, reins it in here; this may be his best big-screen performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
February 18, 2005
These places were where Fuller himself served during the war, and he imbues these stories with the same gritty detail he probably delivered telling them over a beer.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
January 21, 2005
Schickel's painstaking work elevates The Big Red One into the pantheon of the all-time great war films and gives it a fullness that the original only suggested.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
January 21, 2005
Fuller went a step further, baring not only his soul but the wartime scars inflicted upon it. For all its merits, the 1980 version of the film denied audiences that connection. The new version both restores and reaffirms it.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 20, 2005
Fuller wrote and directed The Big Red One with a reporter's respect for detail and a humanist's respect for the moments that shape lives.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 20, 2005
A big, impressive slab of drama -- maybe not a masterpiece or an epic, but a colorful story that sweeps you up and covers a lot of ground at a fast clip.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
January 20, 2005
'The Reconstruction,' which clocks in at 2 hours, 43 minutes, with not a single extraneous frame, elevates the work from a robust genre film to a full-blown epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
January 20, 2005
To see this seamless 'reconstruction' -- consisting of some 15 entirely new sequences as well as augmentations to 23 others -- is to behold a masterpiece revealed.
Shawn Levy
December 17, 2004
It's sometimes so explicit, corny and odd that you can understand why a studio had second thoughts about it. But it also now has the feel of a true epic.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
December 10, 2004
Even though it has gained more than 45 minutes, it doesn't feel longer. Scenes that were choppy or half-baked are now allowed to play out as Fuller intended.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 9, 2004
The reconstruction is a bigger, longer and better movie than the one released in 1980, but is less than the revelation for which one might have hoped.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Verniere
Boston Herald
December 3, 2004
It's a feast for World War II movie buffs and Fuller fans alike, as well as a fascinating companion piece to Steven Spielberg's more recent contribution to the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 3, 2004
The director's gift for bare-knuckles lyricism rescues scene after scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 2, 2004
If you don't elect to watch The Big Red One through the lens of Sam Fuller's mystique ... you'll realize that it has been celebrated in ways that essentially make virtues of its flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
December 2, 2004
[Marvin's] understated authority and sincerity give the entire film a dignity it would otherwise lack.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
November 18, 2004
Fuller's only A-budget movie is still among the lesser works of this frequently brilliant filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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