Dead Presidents Reviews

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January 30, 2019
Judging by Dead Presidents and his previous film, The Inkwell, the only thing standing between 20-year-old Tate and mainstream stardom is a decent script.
March 26, 2009
Dead Presidents may eventually box itself into a narrative dead end, but its muscular engagement of weighty themes and explosive situations makes it a powerful drama.
January 31, 2009
The intense and excessive climactic set piece caper scene is the only true highlight in a superficial film.
July 10, 2007
Platoon lite with a bitter ending that doesn't work in its favor...
June 20, 2006
Significant as both history and film art, this gloomy tale has no "convenient" villains and refuses to indulge in stereotypes, instead focusing on larger forces, such as racism and political apathy.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
There are intriguing aspects to this yarn, and the brothers can choreograph a scene, but you get the impression that they learned all they know from other movies, the blood and guts is gratuitous...
January 13, 2004
Excellent performances, a great soundtrack, and the Hughes' technical virtuosity make it worth a look.
September 23, 2003
Talent of Hughes brothers deserves viewer's attention even when their results don't meet such high standards.
May 20, 2003
Like those overreaching sophomore term papers we can all laugh at now, this disappointing film may free the Hughes brothers to move on to fresher, more inspired work.
May 14, 2003
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June 18, 2002
It's an overly ambitious effort that strains to work as a coming-of-age drama, a 1960s period piece and a searing comment on the way African American GIs went largely unappreciated for their war efforts.
June 5, 2002
Unfortunately, the filmmakers were overzealous in trying to cover a variety of issues, leaving the story choppy and without resolution in places.
April 17, 2002
All directors experience a "second-movie slump," and as far as slumps go, this one is more than honorable.
May 12, 2001
What emerges is an uneasy blend of didacticism and juiced-up bloodletting (the brothers don't know when to stop with the exploding squibs) that bury the film's message and its good intentions.
February 13, 2001
Made with fluid skill and a passion for storytelling, its tale of how the Vietnam War and American society affect a black Marine remains accessible while confounding expectations.
January 1, 2000
Dead Presidents is like a shotgun blast in the face: It's that powerful, that lethal, that ugly.
January 1, 2000
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