Hart's War Reviews

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March 7, 2018
Hart's War, as you might guess, can get too earnest for its own good. But Billy Ray and Terry George's screenplay, taken from a John Katzenbach novel, is expertly plotted.
February 9, 2006
This earnest WWII escape story throws in a courtroom drama, but to nobody's advantage.
November 6, 2002
Reaches for more than it can handle, but it's well-acted and earnest in its intentions.
August 9, 2002
Proves a servicable World War II drama that can't totally hide its contrivances, but it at least calls attention to a problem Hollywood too long has ignored.
April 15, 2002
Farrell ... thankfully manages to outshine the role and successfully plays the foil to Willis's world-weary colonel.
Top Critic
March 13, 2002
An exciting, thoughtful and adrenaline-pumping war picture that is provocative and different.
February 24, 2002
We're situated in that familiar showbiz intersection of Hollywood and Rhine.
February 19, 2002
...it's not your typical war movie but I'm giving it thumbs down because I think its attempts to be different were quite frankly kind of ludicrous.
February 15, 2002
You'll get the enjoyable basic minimum. But not a whit more.
February 15, 2002
More or less self-destructs in a ridiculous last few minutes when it becomes a noble sacrifice-o-rama.
February 15, 2002
An earnest racial-issues picture that might have gotten respectful critical praise in a different era -- say, the '60s.
February 15, 2002
As an actor's showcase, Hart's War has much to recommend it, even if the top-billed Willis is not the most impressive player. As a story of dramatic enlightenment, the screenplay by Billy Ray and Terry George leaves something to be desired.
February 15, 2002
[S]turdy if uninspired...
February 15, 2002
Hart's War contains a fatal structural flaw. A racially charged court-martial that takes up half the picture turns out to be a just a cover.
February 15, 2002
...a sluggish courtroom potboiler about racism, murder and due process.
February 15, 2002
The cinematic equivalent of three-dimensional chess.
February 15, 2002
Watching this film, what we feel isn't mainly suspense or excitement. The dominant feeling is something like nostalgia.
February 15, 2002
Initially gripping, eventually cloying POW drama.
February 15, 2002
Unlike A Soldier's Story, which tackled the same theme within the confines of an engrossing, unpredictable story, too much of Hart's War feels like finger-wagging.
February 15, 2002
Teetering toward preaching, the film says much about courage, honor, duty and sacrifice, traits common enough in many World War II stories.
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