Miracle at St. Anna (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Miracle at St. Anna (2008)



Critic Consensus: Miracle at St. Anna is a well-intentioned but overlong, disjointed affair that hits few of the right notes.

Movie Info

"Miracle at St. Anna" chronicles the story of four African-American soldiers who are members of the U.S. Army as part of the all-Black 92nd Buffalo Soldier Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy, during World War II. They experience the tragedy and triumph of the war as they find themselves trapped behind enemy lines and separated from their unit after one of them risks his life to save an Italian boy. more
Rating: R (for strong war violence, language and some sexual content/nudity)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: James McBride
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 10, 2009
Box Office: $7.8M
Touchstone Pictures - Official Site


Derek Luke
as 2nd Staff Sergeant A...
Michael Ealy
as Sergeant Bishop Cumm...
Laz Alonso
as Corp. Hector Negron
Omar Benson Miller
as Private First Class ...
Pierfrancesco Favino
as Pepi "the Great Butt...
Matteo Sciabordi
as Angelo Torancelli --...
John Turturro
as Detective "Tony" Ric...
D.B. Sweeney
as Colonel Driscoll
Kerry Washington
as Zana Wilder
Robert John Burke
as General Ned Almond
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Critic Reviews for Miracle at St. Anna

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (37)

Lee is a filmmaker who, through talent, accomplishment, and a constant working of the refs in the Hollywood system, has earned autonomy over his films. I'm all for artistic freedom, but here he could have used a bit of oversight.

Full Review… | November 10, 2008
Top Critic

It's impressive that a filmmaker of Lee's distinction is willing to continue to push boundaries.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

Lee clearly has magical realism, fable, and historical enormity on the brain, and even though he stuffs the film with everything but the proverbial kitchen sink, his ultimate point is anyone's guess

Full Review… | June 11, 2014
Q Network Film Desk

At 160 minutes, it definitely suffers from Oscar Bloat.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
East Bay Express

Miracle makes a bid for epic status, but Lee throws in more elements - including murder mystery and supernatural fantasy - than the narrative can stand. The two big battle scenes are impressively staged, but the action in between sprawls and stumbles.

Full Review… | June 27, 2011
Movie Talk

Takes too long to get to its one moving moment at the end.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Miracle at St. Anna

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Alex roy

Super Reviewer

whoever wrote the script should be sentenced to 10 courses in remedial scriptwriting 101. What a mess - dialogue right out of a high school play, while beating us over the head with its message, and being completely unable to decide what type of film it wants to be.

We take a prommissing start, with some nice cinematic touches, sprinkle in some odd noir (Torturo and the reporter are right out of a Chandler novel), and then do a 180 into a not very intense war piece that is more about snafus and human frailties than anything else (the writer even feels compelled to explain snafu - good grief!).

In attempting to explain all the bizarre situations, there are still holes a mile wide in the narrative, and often actors are left either over emoting or trying to get some kind of feel for the lousy dialog they have to speak.

The final payoff is contrived and ridiculous, and the little "sermon" given by the savior's servent is laughable and cringe worthy (closeup into the camera - as if we didn't already know that this drivel was the "message").

What a disappointment!

paul sandberg

Super Reviewer


2 hours and 40 minutes is a long time to endure a barrage of one-dimensional characters. Unlike other recent war films that vividly capture the chaos and mayhem of battle, Miracle at St. Anna seems contrived and overly scripted. This isn't combat through the eyes of soldiers, this is a perception of combat through the eyes of a director.

As much as I admire Spike Lee, and as much as I really (REALLY) wanted to like this film, I just couldn't. This one is far too cliche to be taken seriously.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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