Black Hawk Down Reviews

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November 8, 2011
I also don't know how well this 2001 drama represents the events of October 3 and 4, 1993, though I can see that it represents them in a realist vein, referring to other war movies without becoming frivolous.
November 8, 2011
Black Hawk Down makes that point without preachment, in precise and pitiless imagery. And for that reason alone it takes its place on the very short list of the unforgettable movies about war and its ineradicable and immeasurable costs.
January 2, 2009
A relentless immersion in combat strikingly realized but none too pleasurable to sit through.
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.
July 20, 2002
A first-rate war movie that presents its subject so horrifyingly well that it doesn't need to probe or preach.
January 24, 2002
[D]efinitely worth seeing for those amazing battle sequences.
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
The next worst thing to being there. That's how real it feels.
January 22, 2002
It represents a particularly limiting application of hard-bitten manly values to experiences that can't help but transcend them.
January 19, 2002
One hell of a ride. For better or for worse, it will leave you stunned and reeling.
January 18, 2002
Black Hawk Down superbly visualizes journalist-author Mark Bowden's bestselling 'tale of modern war,' detailing a U.S. military misadventure in the Somalia of 1993.
January 18, 2002
A good, intense war movie that falls short of being a great one: Once the adrenaline wears off, you realize it's as dramatically satisfying as an MRE food ration.
January 18, 2002
I can think of no other instance when a country at war has presented on its movie theater screens such an excruciating account of battle, or such a sobering one.
January 18, 2002
Black Hawk Down has a relentless force that makes character development almost beside the point.
January 18, 2002
Black Hawk Down is all dazzling craft and no redeeming art; it's simultaneously a superb piece of filmmaking and a highly suspect film.
January 18, 2002
Black Hawk Down sends you away impressed, properly horrified and then thoughtful about the lessons ignored from the battle it exhaustively describes.
January 18, 2002
Except for the opening 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan and the middle 45 of Pearl Harbor -- produced, like this film, by action overlord Jerry Bruckheimer -- no film has ever dropped us so convincingly into combat.
January 18, 2002
Scott keeps bringing home the shocks, using light and sound to underscore the visual tumult.
January 18, 2002
Films like this are more useful than gung-ho capers like Behind Enemy Lines. They help audiences understand and sympathize with the actual experiences of combat troops, instead of trivializing them into entertainments.
January 18, 2002
Despite all the hard work by an army of craftsmen working on location in Morocco, the film takes the easy way out, subsiding into a thing of technical challenges met rather than attempting to probe the events at a deeper level.
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