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The Great Raid Reviews

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August 13, 2005
Bratt's over-the-top performance is the stuff that bad military recruitment videos are made of.
August 13, 2005
It's not bad, nor are its intentions anything less than noble. But it feels like countless movies before it, reliant on conventional war-movie devices and stock characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 13, 2005
[S]ometimes the most worthy of stories, the most relevant of history lessons, the most rousing of plots can still become the dullest of movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 12, 2005
It lacks both excitement and outrage, and all that remains is solemnity. It makes you wonder whether you should watch the movie or stand at attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 12, 2005
While one might have wished for a better movie, and a few smarter decisions regarding the screenplay, generally it's a riveting, even inspirational account of an American feat of arms about which few know but about which many more should.
August 12, 2005
It should sizzle like a fuse, but instead plods along with methodical deliberation.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 12, 2005
Feels less like a rousing action adventure than a military-sponsored lesson in invincible patriotic payback.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 12, 2005
Dahl's approach may be somewhat pedestrian, but he tells his story clearly and with few unnecessary detours.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 12, 2005
The story line is telegraphed from word one and the meticulous unfolding plot plods ahead inexorably without the slightest bit of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 12, 2005
This has modest blood yet almost documentary fidelity, is beautifully sited (Australia's Queensland was main location), and paced to deliver the nerve surges of fear and reward and loss.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 12, 2005
Centers on an undeniably brave and extraordinary World War II rescue, yet it fails to excite until its final scenes.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 12, 2005
A frustratingly uneven film that's alternately compelling and clumsily handled.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 12, 2005
This smart, unhurried drama plays out like a retro version of Saving Private Ryan.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2005
The story of one of the most daring and successful raids in U.S. Army history turns out to be mystifyingly inert on screen.
August 12, 2005
A great story filled with real heroics deserves better than this.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 12, 2005
The film is much better as a ticking-clock action picture than as a story of human emotions, be they romantic, altruistic or base.
Read More | Original Score: B-
August 12, 2005
Dahl gets it half-right, and completely wrong. In studio fashion, he adds a composite character and a love story, which the story really doesn't require. In indie tradition, he refuses to cast any stars -- which the picture desperately needs.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 12, 2005
I hereby award the World War II drama The Great Raid a Cement Star for faithful and distinguished service to the cause of mediocrity.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 12, 2005
Not a great movie, but it certainly does justice to the great historical event it dramatizes.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 12, 2005
Obsessed with authenticity, the movie simply isn't 'Hollywood' enough. What could have been a valuable history lesson for everyone is just more fodder for military buffs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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