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Courage Under Fire Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
September 14, 2010
Military drama deploys plenty of violence, swearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
July 22, 2008
A carefully conceived, dramatically honorable picture that treats its subject with clarity and intelligence, especially by contemporary standards.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
As the detective-story flashback structure gets under way, what initially seemed adherence to dramatic and moral cliché becomes more complex and interesting.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Denzel Washington gives as fine a performance as I have seen him give.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
December 28, 2004
A provocative film with Oscar caliber performances. (published 7-19-96)
Full Review| Original Score: A
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Despite its underlying predictability, Courage Under Fire manages warmth, intelligence and a healthy share of surprises.
| Original Score: 3/4
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 22, 2004
Denzel Washington reinforces his image as a serious leading man who dominates a film with his quiet intensity and aura of introspection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
April 2, 2004
Underrated war flick with a surprisingly effective performance by Meg Ryan
| Original Score: 4/5
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
February 20, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
January 2, 2004
When [Washington's] long pent-up emotions finally break through the surface, the result is at once exhilarating and heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 10, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Fred Topel
August 11, 2003
Excellent military mystery. Rashomon style point of view play.
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Washington's inherent gravity anchors his troubled and troublesome character, and Ryan, whom we'd all but written off as a perpetual pom-pom girl, takes on an atypical role and acquits herself, well, honorably.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
February 3, 2003
Predictable, yet eminently watchable.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 30, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 27, 2002
Bold and visionary movie that dare to make the pursuit of truth into a spiritual quest.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A fascinating mystery mixed with war action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
At the end of Courage Under Fire, you feel torn between admiration and annoyance with the filmmakers, who take an attention-grabbing premise and skillfully develop it into a conclusion that's pure piffle.
| Original Score: 3/4
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