Midway Reviews

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January 29, 2020
Why did Emmerich want to remake this battle, 77 years after the fact, if he did not have enough money?... We didn't need a new one, unless he had something new to say or a new way to say it. To both questions, the answer is no.
November 22, 2019
The digitized combat looks like something traced and transplanted from another war, one that took place in a galaxy far, far away.
November 11, 2019
It has the tone, mostly, of kids' TV. Or a poor, very poor, supplementary video for a history GCSE.
November 8, 2019
It's hard to imagine, if you've already seen a film like Pearl Harbor, why you would need to see Midway.
November 8, 2019
Midway is a choppy bore, its main source of intrigue centred around whatever New Jersey-ese accent British actor Ed Skrein is attempting as dive bomber Richard Best.
November 8, 2019
"Midway" is a rollicking war film. HIstory buffs need not apply.
November 8, 2019
"Midway" tells a story that's vividly and viscerally rendered, with all the entertainment value of a big, old-fashioned war movie, cutting back and forth between the home front and front line.
November 8, 2019
The film is filled with characters, with only a couple fleshed out in any real way, the rest just faces and sometimes names. The result is a movie about a dramatic battle that's strangely bloodless and unemotional.
November 8, 2019
The overabundance of CGI is one of the bigger problems with Midway because, far too often, it feels like you're watching a video game or an F/X highlight reel.
November 8, 2019
Ambiguity is not its goal, nor is nihilism its motivating philosophy. It aims to celebrate heroism, sacrifice, determination and grit, and if you don't like that it really does not care.
November 7, 2019
These terrific actors and many more are stuck playing one-dimensional characters who have to deliver lines straight out of a second-rate, mid-20th century war movie, while competing with 21st century CGI pyrotechnics.
Top Critic
November 7, 2019
Midway isn't a movie about World War II. It's a movie about World War II movies.
November 7, 2019
Roland Emmerich's take on an epic WW2 naval battle dive bombs on screen by thinking plastering the latest in digital effects over the same war-time movie tropes constitutes a movie. It does not.
November 6, 2019
It is rousing and respectful in its best moments and faintly ridiculous in others.
November 6, 2019
It loses energy as director Roland Emmerich gradually gets himself lost in the weeds.
November 6, 2019
A bland as hell, Walmart-ready, torpedo-by-numbers retelling of World War II's most decisive naval battle.
November 6, 2019
The success of Midway ultimately rests with the director's decision to provide a more balanced version of events.
November 6, 2019
There's no denying that he fills his film with breathtaking images of aerial action and naval warfare, but like many of Emmerich's movies, even the better ones, Midway loses sight of the humanity inside its vast vistas of devastation.
November 6, 2019
Emmerich's "Midway" manages to corral a screen full of true-life characters, up and down the chain of command. Yet you can't fully buy even the real, true material here.
November 6, 2019
With apologies to George S. Patton, Midway teaches us that wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by jawlines and cheekbones.
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