Dead Presidents Reviews

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.
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...
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...
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 5, 2003
December 24, 2002
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.
January 1, 2000
Here is a film that feels incomplete, as if its last step is into thin air. Scene by scene you feel its skill, but you leave the theater wondering about the meaning of it all.
January 1, 2000
Unfortunately, the story manages to be intense (and very bloody), heartfelt and superficial, all at the same time.
January 1, 2000
Tate gives a strong performance as Anthony but much of this movie unfolds predictably -- the kind of action you've seen a hundred times in movies before and a thousand times on television.
January 1, 2000
The movie makes its point, and continues to hit you over the head with it.
January 1, 2000
The level of exaggerated violence and gore is so gross and disgusting that the film takes on a horror-movie look, which tends to undermine its intentions as a thoughtful exploration of troubled times for blacks.
January 1, 2000
The Hughes Brothers' ambition is admirable, but, as with their main character, ambition gets the better of them.
January 1, 2000
It features lots of heartache, a downer of an ending, and even some nasty bloodshed. But in the end, it just feels like they forgot to add something in there, but it still comes out as a pretty good film nonetheless.