Flags of Our Fathers - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Flags of Our Fathers Reviews

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Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
October 20, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 16, 2006
Clint creates a fascinating topography of hell here, and the amphibious landing is unrelenting... but the treacle is just as unrelenting, and takes up more screentime.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 19, 2006
There's a tremendous amount of material here, and the script covers too much of it, often confusingly.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 23, 2006
The absence of a definable cinematic style in 'Flags of Our Fathers' goes hand in hand with a reluctance to say anything daring or controversial.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 20, 2006
Flags of Our Fathers may well be an accurate depiction of war-zone tumult and its psychic wounds, but that does not make for a cogent narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
October 16, 2006
A rambling mess of random war images mixed with sentimental recollections ... delivers a generic retelling of events, sampling liberally from other sources without offering anything new.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 19, 2006
Clint Eastwood is a great filmmaker, and the public relations campaign that helped turn around World War II is a great story, but the movie is deeply flawed.
| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 19, 2006
A creaky history-class lecture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kam Williams
December 29, 2006
A 21st Century version of the state-sanctioned, pro-war propaganda designed to instill a sense of patriotism in the Baby Boom Generation back when they were still impressionable babies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Victoria Alexander
October 21, 2006
A patriotic anti-war movie. Listening old men talk about war is not visually engaging.
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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 21, 2006
Despite handsome production values and a worthwhile subject, Flags of Our Fathers ultimately falls victim to the very hero worship it wishes to debunk.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark R. Leeper
October 22, 2006
A film that I expected to enjoy strikes me as 132 minutes of little more than diatribe and violence.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 19, 2006
This is underimagined and so thesis ridden that it's nearly over before it starts.
Rob Humanick
Stranger Song
July 3, 2007
Witness to a great director's vision being slowly strangled by the work of a hired hack.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
November 13, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 24, 2007
A quest to find the humanity behind the imagery of Iwo Jima that never gets beneath the skin to the real men who became heroes with a single camera shot.
Uri Lessing
January 13, 2007
Writers William Broyles Jr. and Paul Haggis believe that they are contrasting the men's lives with their heroic image. Sadly, what they present to the viewer is yet another fabricated image, and one that is equally false.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 19, 2006
Half bitter and harsh, half propagandistic and hagiographic, this is the love child of Saving Private Ryan and Pearl Harbor, too sentimental to be intellectually satisfying but too tart to serve as melodrama.
Erik Childress
October 19, 2006
The insistence on the proliferation of jumping back and forth at will cuts through the heart of these men's stories and leaves us with only a dead horse that's beating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alan Dale
December 3, 2006
The movie ... debunks the [government's] use of the boys as symbols and then turns them back into symbols, though of something else. There's not a fully realized personality in 132 minutes.
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