Miracle at St. Anna - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Miracle at St. Anna Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 24, 2008
[A] sloppy, absurdly long mashup of combat film cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 24, 2008
It's impossible not to admire what Lee has wrought here, and the evident passion with which it has been brought to the screen. However, the realization is flawed, and those flaws make this 160-minute epic feel a little too much like an ordeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 23, 2008
Lee's creative passion is apparent throughout Miracle at St. Anna, but the screenplay lets him, and the audience, down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 26, 2008
Given the importance of that subject, the real mystery of Mr. Lee's movie is why it's so diffuse, dispirited, emotionally distanced and dramatically inert.
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Spike Lee has turned in an odd hybrid of a film--a 160 minute war epic combined with a crime thriller combined with a discourse on civil rights.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
October 2, 2008
There are moments of such indescribable beauty in 'Miracle at St. Anna' that they move you to tears. There are also moments that leave you shaking your head in bewilderment and frustration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
As a theoretical corrective, it's salutary; as a movie, it's a frickin' blooper
September 26, 2008
This is like the 'Where's Waldo' of war films: Find the story, locate the characters. You have three hours. Good luck to you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 25, 2008
It hits every thematic point too heavily and doesn't know when to move on.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
September 25, 2008
If nothing else, at least Lee can feel some degree of satisfaction knowing he's made a movie about as ineffective and incoherent as Clint Eastwood's Flag of our Fathers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 26, 2008
I admire his passion and technique, but I hope he rediscovers the discipline that made movies such as The Inside Man so good.
| Original Score: 2/4
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
October 10, 2008
By choosing for his definitive portrait a tale based on a fictional novel rather than an actual true story, Lee has undermined his own efforts to properly depict the wartime experience for WWII-era blacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
October 17, 2008
There may be a subtle bone somewhere in Spike Lee, but it would take a team of skilled surgeons to find it.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
September 29, 2008
The combination of Lee's concerns for his characters' depictions with Disney's concerns for mass-market appeal ends up pleasing no one.
Full Review | Original Score: 34/100
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
September 26, 2008
What the hell happened to Spike Lee? Where did the brilliant director with the fresh, edgy and inventive ideas go?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
September 25, 2008
There's a good two hour movie here. Too bad it's lost in a disjointed, meandering narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4
Kevin McCarthy
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
September 26, 2008
What could have been Spike Lee's best film since Do the Right Thing, Miracle turns out to be a confusing mess that is topped off with an annoying child.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 25, 2008
Clocking in at 160 minutes, this is a sloppy stew in which the ingredients of battle action, murder mystery, little-kid sentiment and history lesson don't mix well.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
September 25, 2008
St. Anna is as disorganized, unfulfilling, and lifeless a picture as Lee is capable of making. That's right, it's She Hate Me bad.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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