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The Big Red One Reviews

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 15, 2004
In its own rough and still unfinished way, The Big Red One works -- as a memoir of a time, and a movie of the war.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 12, 2004
Alas, the lost version of Samuel Fuller's The Big Red One of 1980 has been found -- reassembled, actually, by the distinguished film critic Richard Schickel -- and it's a lot less than legendary. It isn't even very good.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
November 12, 2004
The combination of old-time Hollywood valor and ahead-of-its-time surprises makes this restoration a big event.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 11, 2004
What the movie may lack in Saving Private Ryan-style gloss, it more than makes up for in authenticity, or, in other words, heart.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 11, 2004
Seven years after Fuller's death, 24 years after its initial, botched release, and almost 60 years after V-E day, The Big Red One is finally here, in a form close to what Fuller intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 9, 2004
You must see this film for one unstoppable reason, and that is Lee Marvin.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 9, 2004
The Big Red One isn't even Fuller's greatest war film. Of those, I'd rank it fourth -- but that's not half bad.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
Until "Saving Private Ryan," this film was the most graphic WWII picture made.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Charles Taylor
October 6, 2004
As the longest and biggest of Fuller's movies, it magnifies the essence -- good and bad -- of his work.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 6, 2004
The film's overriding mission is to expose both the inherent absurdity and tragedy of war.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 28, 2004
The splendid reconstructed version of this 1980 film is bigger and better than the original.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 29, 2004
The Big Red One celebrates the lucky and the smart who survive the outrages and terrors of war.
May 13, 2003
There's a reason Fuller found it hard to get gigs in the US through the 70's; his pulp fiction style just didn't play anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Larry Carroll
September 27, 2002
A solid war movie with a great performance by Lee Marvin. If you're a war buff, give this one a shot.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
An American masterpiece by one of the last great American directors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
October 22, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
July 4, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 14, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
January 5, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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