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The Big Red One Reviews

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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
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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.
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
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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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 8, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Full Review | 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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 13, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Cole Smithey
October 22, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 14, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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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.
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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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 8, 2004
Mark Harris
Georgia Straight
March 6, 2005
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003

Boston Phoenix
December 4, 2004
April 26, 2005
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Hollywood Reporter
May 20, 2005
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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