Black Hawk Down Reviews

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January 2, 2009
A relentless immersion in combat strikingly realized but none too pleasurable to sit through.
July 23, 2007
It would've been nice to get to know a few of the men we're meant to care about.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
[Scott] does a reasonable job sketching the complicated and contradictory political context, but attempts to bring in the odd Somali perspective are grossly inadequate.
January 1, 2004
As with the real life operation, the movie was not very well thought out.
October 19, 2003
Has the pointless verisimilitude of an expensively rendered computer simulation.
December 8, 2002
While the film succeeds as a visceral testament to all the servicemen who fought in Mogadishu, particularly the nineteen who lost their lives, Black Hawk Down is more punishing than anything else.
September 10, 2002
One big shiny but empty bullet shell.
July 1, 2002
'The prettiest darn war movie you ever did see.'
June 11, 2002
Deja mucho que desear y muestra como su director ha optado, conforme avanza en edad, en cambiar la calidad de la historia por un exceso de violencia injustificada.
June 5, 2002
Although technically superb, this film left me exhausted, confused, and angry.
June 4, 2002
It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
May 30, 2002
O filme acaba se resumindo a uma longa seqncia envolvendo trocas de tiros, exploses e mortes, sem se preocupar com o lado humano da tragdia.
March 9, 2002
Scott's approach is so mired in convention that half of his images could have been lifted from war-story comic books of the 1950s.
March 5, 2002
I imagine most people will find something to like in Black Hawk Down, but I don't know why they'd want to be bothered with a picture that puts the audience through so much to give so little.
February 5, 2002
A biased historical reconstruction of extreme physical peril.
February 5, 2002
It's just chaotic.
February 4, 2002
What this film accomplished was show some 100 brave Army Rangers and elite Delta Force soldiers in action surrounded by about 5,000 heavily armed Somalis...
February 1, 2002
Incredible and horrifying to look at, but it stops short of mining the real-world situation in Somalia for any meaning.
January 22, 2002
In Gladiator and Hannibal, Ridley Scott gave us shrewd, witty entertainments; this is macho obtuse posturing, puffed up with ersatz valour.
January 22, 2002
It represents a particularly limiting application of hard-bitten manly values to experiences that can't help but transcend them.
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