Dead Presidents Reviews

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.
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.
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.
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
January 1, 2000
Unfortunately, the story manages to be intense (and very bloody), heartfelt and superficial, all at the same time.
January 1, 2000
Messy but mesmerizing.
January 1, 2000
People of any color can sympathize with the plight of Anthony Curtis and understand, if not agree with, the eventual choices life forces him to make.
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.
October 6, 1995