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Letters from Iwo Jima Reviews

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September 19, 2010
Modern-day echoes of being snookered into a bad war aren't lost on Clint Eastwood, and "Letters from Iwo Jima" delivers an overwhelmingly powerful eulogy for the death of righteousness in combat on either side of the line.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 23, 2009
Not an anti-war tract or a glorification but, rather, a fair consideration of humanity that exists within the inhumanity of armed conflict.
August 28, 2009
Eastwood's cinema is one of resolutely moral images
April 23, 2009
Eastwood is a master of the extended look (this comes from the two directors he acknowledges as his own masters, Sergio Leone and Don Siegel), the look that stretches time and that is blinded by what it sees.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 2, 2009
The most important film of 2006 was Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima. In 20 years Letters from Iwo Jima will be a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
November 20, 2008
War is hell, always has been, and movies will continue to confirm it for anyone who might doubt. In this case, though, Letters only shows that for all the different perspective the other side of a war could have, it's the same old movie clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 28, 2008
Eastwood's direction is a thing of beauty, blending unblinking ferocity with fragile delicacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
December 1, 2007
Both technical grace and an efficient ensemble smooth over some...clunky plotting.
September 24, 2007
A fine, textured study of war, one that considers the strategic side as well as the human side without sacrificing either.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 14, 2007
Watching the film, I had admiration for what Eastwood and his writers were attempting, but I remained at arm's length. I'm not entirely sure why I could not buy into the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 14, 2007
Much as already been made about the pride and honor of the Japanese, but as a people they have rarely, if ever, been depicted as fully human characters in American war movies. It's amazing to think what Clint Eastwood has done here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 11, 2007
... Eastwood takes this film out of the realm of a typical war picture to illuminate the boundless nature of the human spirit, which extends far beyond race and nationality.
July 3, 2007
In Letters, the glossy romanticism of history crumbles before our very eyes.
May 23, 2007
Eastwood has made a film that is thoughtful, poignant, touching, and philosophical. It stands as one of the best works in his long, illustrious career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 22, 2007
A Japanese war flick comprised of contrasting character portraits of soldiers torn between dying with honor and the very human instinct of self-preservation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 14, 2007
...a sad, lonely, melancholic film, for all its brutal action and bloodshed, with moments of sheer poetry and others of heartbreaking grief.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
March 24, 2007
Instead of showing us the differences between the three men, Eastwood chooses to illustrate how much they were alike and, more importantly, how much they resemble you and me.
March 15, 2007
Letters From Iwo Jima is less interesting as the counter-perspective to last year's Flags of Our Fathers than it is as Clint Eastwood's effort to stake his own Japanese movie epic.
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March 5, 2007
Some will make compelling arguments that Eastwood doesn't give us a complete picture of the Japanese or their atrocities, but the director still is betting that right now, perhaps the world could benefit from another perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 28, 2007
Por su humanidad y fuera desmitificadora, además de su rigurosa ejecución cinematográfica, se suma con honores a lo mejor de la filmografía de un gran director.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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