Gods and Generals Reviews

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February 20, 2003
It is so lacking in flesh-and-blood characters, so unclear in its depiction of battles like Bull Run, and so nauseating in its gruesome sentimentality that it is all but unwatchable.
February 20, 2003
Bad actors or normally competent ones (Jeff Daniels, Stephen Lang) serve up stilted deliveries of stilted dialogue in a near-flashback to the filmstrips we used to see in school.
February 20, 2003
A lumpy three-and-a-half-hour glob of Civil War history.
February 20, 2003
All that yapping! -- great swaths of quotations from the Bible and the classics, countless ringing speeches, endless stretches of flowery dialogue.
February 20, 2003
Despite boring patches, this $56 million epic is a noble effort.
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.
Top Critic
February 20, 2003
A technically proficient but emotionally vacuous historical pageant.
February 20, 2003
Maxwell illuminates the processes of denial and the cultivations of self-image by which these famously decent men, in defense of indefensible prerogative, sent thousands upon thousands ... to their deaths.
February 20, 2003
The movie we see here, though admirable in parts, is numbing as a whole.
February 20, 2003
At times, the film can feel like a historical pageant, stiff and heavy-handed.
February 20, 2003
A trial to sit through: stiff, ponderous, fluttering in its 'poetry,' and crudely simplistic as an apologia for the Confederate ideology.
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.
February 19, 2003
American history transformed into a museum movie, consistently making the flawed human characters at the heart of the Civil War into flawless figures Olympian in their statuesque remoteness.
February 19, 2003
From the start Gods has a mighty wind of nostalgia and outright historical mythicizing that doesn't go down easily.
February 19, 2003
Ballooning, jingoistic goat spoor.
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