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Letters from Iwo Jima Reviews

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Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 11, 2007
In the last half-hour, the story, like the Japanese, loses its way; lacking any clear-cut goals except survival, the film becomes repetitive. Letters From Iwo Jima is a necessary movie; too bad it's not a great movie.
Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday
February 26, 2007
Doesn't have much to say except that Japanese are human beings, too.
Jim Hemphill
December 20, 2006
So much time is wasted on irrelevant material that the movie drags at a snail's pace, and even at 141 minutes, Letters never develops its ideas beyond the standard 'war is hell' clichés.
| Original Score: 2/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
February 23, 2007
For a film with such high Oscar hopes, you'll leave the cinema wondering what all the fuss is about.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 21, 2006
Unfortunately, Letters shares with Flags an awkward flashback structure and a patronizing tone.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Medley
December 15, 2006
Clint Eastwood's revisionism painting America in a bad light and turning Imperial Japan's barbaric soldiers into boon chaps won't change the facts.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 22, 2007
The Rising Sun flip-side of Flags of Our Fathers, Letters deserves a salute for its profiles in Japanese courage. P.S. It's still stamped with Eastwood's flogging of the moral high ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
January 30, 2007
Eastwood is motivated by such noble sentiment, you want him to pull this off. You root for him to craft something out of all this bloody history and wasted humanity that towers and soars but the picture neither towers nor soars.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
January 13, 2007
Letters from Iwo Jima ultimately dragged on too long to maintain my interest.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 13, 2007
Its final downfall for me was its revisionist history that has us executing POWs in cold blood while the Japanese take good care of ours. Give me a break!
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
December 8, 2006
What could have been a claustrophobic Japanese variation of Das Boot is a missed opportunity instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
December 19, 2006
Eastwood is so busy humanizing Japanese soldiers that he ends up rewriting history.
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David Denby
New Yorker
January 8, 2007
The project lacks the variety of sensuous pleasures that a great movie has to provide.
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 18, 2007
Eastwood's ambition to give voice to the people who, in Flags, were a mostly faceless enemy is laudable, but the execution finds the director not striving for much originality.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 19, 2007
Letters covers less emotional ground than its predecessor, because Eastwood and first-time writer Iris Yamashita (who shares a story credit with Paul Haggis) allow Japanese soldiers only three modes of behavior.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
January 20, 2007
The fog of war was more like smog in the gray visual and emotional palette of Flags of Our Fathers. And it is again in Letters from Iwo Jima.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 31, 2007
A brave film. Starts strong, ends dry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fred Topel
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
Jason Zingale
December 30, 2006
Letters from Iwo Jima is yet another poetic stroke of brilliance on Eastwood's long-standing canvas of cinematic brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 19, 2007
The proper way to appreciate Letters and Flags is to treat them as complimentary halves of the same epic movie, a Godfather war epic. One half is plainly more ambitious than the other, but both have virtues that distinguish them.
| Original Score: 4/5
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