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The Great Raid Reviews

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Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A well-produced, rousing feature based on one of those forgotten World War II episodes that make for great cinema.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com
December 25, 2005
The Great Raid has one amazing action sequence. You just have to watch the whole story in order to earn and appreciate it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 16, 2005
The true story part of it works. The spy and romance stuff doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
September 10, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Bullz-Eye.com
August 20, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 18, 2005
[D]eliciously old-fashioned... Like in how Dahl assembled a cast of perfectly 1940s faces that pop off the screen with a suave anti-Technicolor urgency...
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
August 14, 2005
The Great Raid works well as a film when it concentrates on the planning and completion of the mission.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Julian Roman
MovieWeb
August 14, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
August 13, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 12, 2005
Dahl's approach may be somewhat pedestrian, but he tells his story clearly and with few unnecessary detours.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 12, 2005
This smart, unhurried drama plays out like a retro version of Saving Private Ryan.
| Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
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.
| Original Score: B-
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 12, 2005
Not a great movie, but it certainly does justice to the great historical event it dramatizes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
August 12, 2005
See the film for its depiction of astounding heroism and military ingenuity. Take the rest with a grain of salt.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 12, 2005
At times the action drags, but the details of the raid itself are riveting. The rescue scenes will leave you feeling as if you were in the midst of battle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 12, 2005
For Dahl, war isn't poetry or surreal irony or metaphoric hell. It's a job that has to be done, and in cases like this one, it has the side product of being heroic.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 12, 2005
When the movie finally does show what the troops went through and how the raid itself was pulled off, it's exciting, enthralling stuff. If only there was more of that. . . .
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
August 14, 2005
Ron Yamauchi
Georgia Straight
August 14, 2005

Boston Phoenix
August 13, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 13, 2005
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