Letters from Iwo Jima Reviews

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November 21, 2020
Infinitely more compelling than its predecessor, yet equally lengthy and ill-paced.
November 21, 2019
A subdued masterpiece with a unique perspective on war.
June 6, 2019
In coming to understand the point of view of the opposing side, Eastwood has crafted two masterful and distinct films who are still inexorably intertwined that speak to the simple humanity in all of us.
August 23, 2018
You realize how very young many of these men were, and how ill-suited to be turned into killing machines.
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.
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.
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.
February 28, 2008
Eastwood's direction is a thing of beauty, blending unblinking ferocity with fragile delicacy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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