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Gods and Generals Reviews

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February 20, 2003
Maxwell, a TV movie director with no ear for dialogue that isn't over the top and no eye for the sort of visual poetry these stories demand, is plainly not up to the job.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
February 28, 2003
If Maxwell wants to make a four-hour epic about the war, fine. But don't waste my time with a film so artificial that it purifies the entire experience for a PG-13 audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
February 24, 2003
...it's not made for critics, and it's not made for most moviegoers. While it's tempting to suggest that people interested in this particular period of American history ought to read a book, Gods and Generals might suffice as a watchable Cliffs Notes.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: C-
February 21, 2003
The kind of movie beloved by people who never go to the movies, because they are primarily interested in something else -- the Civil War, for example -- and think historical accuracy is a virtue instead of an attribute.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 20, 2003
If ever there was a movie that could cause even the most restless sleeper to fall into a deep slumber, this is it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 2, 2003
War may be Hell, but in this three-and-a-half-hour Civil War epic from Ronald Maxwell, the syrupy monologues and righteous Bible thumping provide the punishment.
February 24, 2003
Four hours including the intermission, I felt like I was seeing the Civil War in real time for awhile there.
February 21, 2003
It's not that Gods and Generals is almost four hours long. It's that it's four hours of bad.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
February 22, 2003
Three hours and 40 minutes is excessive even for a great movie, and if the movie's only so-so, it's enough to make you want to secede from the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 20, 2003
...a bloated, verbose bore. It was pure agony.
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February 21, 2003
One doesn't come away from it with any sense of what the victory cost in human terms or what it's like to face a rank of men shooting at you, or to jam a bayonet into somebody's guts or have one jammed into your guts.
March 7, 2003
Stay far away from the three hour-plus Gods and Generals--unless, of course, you need a good nap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 18, 2003
This four-hour fiasco is shapeless and dramatically inert.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 20, 2003
Gods and Generals is a pitiful prequel to the majestic Gettysburg.
| Original Score: F
December 1, 2003
You will watch a series of battle re-enactments and wait for a film to break out.
October 17, 2003
Every shot is fired in sorrow, and there are no villains - except, of course, for the politicians, who remain safely out of the frame.
February 21, 2003
It was made strictly by and for Civil War buffs who insist that every pious speech and every skirmish is worthy of filming, even if the end result suffers from serious battle fatigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 23, 2003
With the exception of Lang's terrific performance as the perplexed Stonewall Jackson, the rest of the extensive cast is basically on cruise control.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 26, 2003
History buffs and Civil War re-enactors may find this painfully long-winded epic a gem worth exploring but others will most likely prefer to go dancing in the active battlefields of Fredricksburg as opposed to enduring this detached costume drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 19, 2003
(Gods and Generals) is as dry as a history lecture, as distant as the Peloponnesian War.
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