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The Great Raid Reviews

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
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 smart, unhurried drama plays out like a retro version of Saving Private Ryan.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2005
A great story filled with real heroics deserves better than this.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
August 12, 2005
The picture's broad outline may be fact, but everything inside gets painted in a deep shade of bogus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 12, 2005
It never gives its characters enough character to build the sentiment required.
Read More | Original Score: D+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2005
Dahl's movie probably attempts to touch too many bases, which means it suffers from a divided attention span.
Read More | Original Score: C
August 12, 2005
Amounts to a noble failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 11, 2005
Acting like a big-screen epic but coming across more like a cable TV extravaganza.
August 11, 2005
Just about any golden age Hollywood hack could have made a zestier drama about one of the greatest rescue missions in U.S. military history.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 11, 2005
Divided three ways among the rangers, the prisoners and the resistance fighters in Manila, the movie feels unfocused, schematic and overpopulated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 11, 2005
Although the story of The Great Raid may have never been told on film, it's like every other POW movie, in this case made about 45 years too late.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 11, 2005
A tedious World War II epic that slogs across the screen like a forced march in quicksand.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 11, 2005
The action is brilliant, the combat sharp and rattling, and the film follows the historical record more closely than most Hollywood films.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 11, 2005
The mission of the film is to inspire. Mission accomplished.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 11, 2005
Represents another step in the depersonalization of John Dahl.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 11, 2005
Here is a war movie that understands how wars are actually fought.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 11, 2005
It has dreams of sugarplum Oscars dancing in its head, and never stops mistaking spectacle for the truly spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 11, 2005
Unfortunately, although John Dahl's film may have the length one normally expects from a war film with an ambitious trajectory, it lacks focus and the pacing is uneven.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 10, 2005
A WWII movie so parched, so Reader's Digest expository, so utterly expressionless, it confuses taciturn Greatest Generation nobility with paralysis.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
August 9, 2005
Ultimately scotched by History Channel-worthy nostalgia.
August 8, 2005
Director John Dahl has fashioned a worthy tribute to the soldiers who carried out this seemingly impossible raid.
August 4, 2005
This overlong march will bore all but the most nobly patriotic of auds.
August 4, 2005
Even audiences predisposed to sagas of American valor or nostalgic for the good old days of unswerving wartime coalitions will find little here beyond the retro patina to grab their attention.