Gods and Generals Reviews

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February 27, 2007
Maxwell continues his textbook emphasis on military maneuvers, but despite literally thousands of Civil War reenactors recruited for the film, the wide-screen canvas fails to map the tactics or evoke the terror of battle.
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June 24, 2006
The procession of monotonous, oddly gore-free battles breaks frequently for bloated speechifying.
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.
July 8, 2003
Incredibly boring and badly acted.
June 24, 2003
Swapping politics for crass platitudes, Gods and Generals is a monumental folly.
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 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.
February 21, 2003
A movie that crams in so many faces, chronological details and endlessly ham-handed stretches of dialogue that the impact of the legitimately moving segments is considerably diminished.
February 21, 2003
It's a plodding, episodic film, reverent and sanctimonious, and its pro-Southern viewpoint -- a time-honored Hollywood tendency -- makes Gone With the Wind look like a Northern polemic.
February 21, 2003
What the filmmakers fail to recognize is that history on the page is quite different from what it needs to be onscreen, namely alive and visceral.
February 21, 2003
It may not be the worst war epic ever made -- that probably would be Battlefield Earth -- but it's darn close to being an unqualified disaster of that magnitude.
February 21, 2003
A shameless apologia for the Confederacy as a divinely inspired crusade for faith, home and slave labor.
February 21, 2003
An inert pageant of waxen figures that fails completely as drama even as it insults the sensibilities of anyone not clinging to rosy memories of the slave-era South.
February 21, 2003
A viewing of this epic is likely to leave all but the geekiest Civil War buffs feeling as itchy and as restless as if they themselves were wearing woolen underwear -- soggy, unwashed, vintage 1860s, government-issue woolen underwear.
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.
February 21, 2003
It's less a movie than a salute to a troubled moment in our history, a movie so steeped in nobility that you half expect it to swoon with reverence for itself.
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.
February 21, 2003
Few of [the actors] are able to compete with the wigs and the platitudes.
February 21, 2003
General Boredom meets Major Tedium on the Civil War fields of Virginia.
February 21, 2003
On the big screen ... Gods and Generals plays woefully stiff, hampered by the breadth of its source material and the reams of exposition required to explain the action.
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