Black Hawk Down Reviews

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November 6, 2003
The immediacy and realism of BHD is the key to its success, largely constructed through superior direction and a good cast, elements that ensure the viewer a harrowing yet enjoyable cinematic experience.
October 19, 2003
Has the pointless verisimilitude of an expensively rendered computer simulation.
March 19, 2003
Suffers from all the same old war movie clich's [and] the same old character stereotypes . . . Thankfully, most of the cast is up to the job
February 8, 2003
Scott and his cinematographer, Slavomir Idziak, take an already incredible true story and imbue it with a global view and an aesthetic sense that even the soldiers who were there didn't enjoy.
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.
October 30, 2002
Scott wins points for realism but the overall effect is like watching a two-hour version of the opening 30 minutes of Saving Private Ryan.
October 21, 2002
Black Hawk Down is a superb example of its genre.
October 15, 2002
The tools for making high-end action movies have never been put to better use than in Black Hawk Down.
September 10, 2002
One big shiny but empty bullet shell.
August 29, 2002
Ridley Scott's look at combat finds a simple, potent approach - it portrays Earth-bound hell as both meaningless and uncompromisingly ferocious.
August 23, 2002
Neither a jingoistic exercise in military muscle (a la Top Gun) nor an existential parable about the futility of war (as in The Thin Red Line).
August 17, 2002
While it's based on fact, and it goes a long way to document the circumstances, the film is not about the incident as such. It's about the men.
July 29, 2002
What's important here is the choreography and textures of modern warfare, the nuts and bolts of killing and dying...
July 20, 2002
This film made me sick. I mean that as the highest compliment.
July 20, 2002
A first-rate war movie that presents its subject so horrifyingly well that it doesn't need to probe or preach.
July 12, 2002
Intense, realistic battle sequences power this movie, magnifying the difficulty of the choice between valuing life and valuing war efficiency.
July 9, 2002
It's hard to walk out of this movie without feeling shaken.
July 1, 2002
'The prettiest darn war movie you ever did see.'
June 21, 2002
Remains consistently stimulating for its entire running time.
June 20, 2002
Director Ridley Scott is back with another very well-crafted, thoroughly entertaining film... that only hints at what's going on beneath the surface.
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