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Miracle at St. Anna Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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November 10, 2008
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.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 7, 2008
It's impressive that a filmmaker of Lee's distinction is willing to continue to push boundaries.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 29, 2008
Clocking in at 160 minutes, this interminable movie comes across like a rough cut. Perhaps Lee believed its length would give it gravitas. The opposite is true.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 26, 2008
Overwrought, overproduced, overbusy and overlong, Miracle at St. Anna finally suffers from the worst filmmaking sin of all: the failure of trust, in the story and the audience.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 26, 2008
[Lee] resorts to many of the same hoary clichés and fantasy situations he so frequently condemns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
September 26, 2008
It's disappointingly heavy-handed as an examination of racial prejudice in the military.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 26, 2008
The impulse here is to say something about the nobility of this movie's intent or to note that Spike Lee is one of our best filmmakers. But the first and most honest thing to say about Miracle at St. Anna is that it's an awful mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 26, 2008
Miracle At St. Anna stabilizes after an outright awful first hour, and becomes merely a middling war movie with a heightened social consciousness.
| Original Score: C-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 26, 2008
Ultimately, the film falters -- due to its length, some unconvincing European characters and too many turns that depend on sudden supernatural intervention.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 26, 2008
The sad thing is, there's a perfectly fine, Sam Fulle-rish, 90-minute war movie on a worthy subject trapped somewhere in the self-indulgences of Miracle at St. Anna.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 26, 2008
Lee takes nearly three hours to tell this sad tale, but he never makes the most of the opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 26, 2008
Miracle is far from the sensitive racial politics Lee is capable of delivering, but darned if it isn't rousing good fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2008
Pedestrian and awkward, this film is a disappointment not only in comparison with Lee's earlier epic, the underrated Malcolm X, but also in comparison with another film with similar aims, Rachid Bouchareb's Days of Glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 26, 2008
Though it runs for roughly two hours and 40 minutes, there's nothing particularly epic about Spike Lee's version of the war.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 26, 2008
The movie undeniably has its powerful moments, but it runs a crooked, crazy race moving from one to another, leaving the viewer both exhausted and frustrated.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 26, 2008
Lee brings a maturing sensibility and a talent for ensemble performance to a tale that is loving, angry and profoundly American.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
September 26, 2008
Along the way, Mr. Lee has some gripping moments. But for every striking irony, there is a hammer-handed scene driving the same point into self-parody.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2008
Malcolm X (1992) proved that Lee could rise to the challenge of a sweeping historical epic, but this 160-minute drama is overblown and unconvincing, the director's bright, poppy style clashing with the grim subject matter.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 26, 2008
Setting the record straight after so many years and so many movies is not necessarily a simple undertaking, and this film sometimes stumbles under its heavy, self-imposed burden of historical significance.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 26, 2008
This movie is too many things without one of those things ever breaking your heart or boiling your blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 25, 2008
Miracle at St. Anna aspires to be epic, but mostly it's just unfocused, sprawling and badly in need of editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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September 25, 2008
Some themes are familiar, others freshly provocative. But nearly all get scattered as screenwriter James McBride lets the story drift off in six directions at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 25, 2008
Miracle is, by turns, a dazzling, dim, lucid, confounding, absorbing, tedious, silly, profound, bloody and bracing account of four African American infantrymen separated from their Buffalo Soldiers unit in Tuscany during World War II.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
September 25, 2008
An uneven blend of realism and fantasy. The movie is both vivid and baffling -- which is to say, it was made by Spike Lee.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 25, 2008
There are scenes that could have been lost to more decisive editing, but I found after a few days that my mind did the editing for me, and I was left with lasting impressions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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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.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 25, 2008
Ultimately Miracle at St. Anna aims too high, or at least at too many targets. Lee would have been better served to concentrate on one of the many aspects of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 24, 2008
Miracle at St. Anna is wildly unfocused in terms of tone and, at two hours and 40 minutes, it is unjustifiably overlong.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 24, 2008
Miracle at St. Anna wants to do too many things at once to do any of them with much verve. It aspires to be a war epic, but it's dominated less by combat than by flat, meandering talk.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 24, 2008
Mr. Lee has stretched his material in so many different directions that one is left with unacceptable levels of religiosity and sentimentality in the overall context of the naked brutality we have witnessed.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 22, 2008
Lee screws up his best ideas by trying to blow us away.