Miracle at St. Anna Reviews

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December 16, 2017
It's too long, and its worthy efforts at period authenticity are undermined by a shaggy script that spells out its message with all the subtlety of military propaganda.
May 17, 2016
There's barely anything in Miracle that comes across as genuine.
June 11, 2014
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
November 17, 2011
June 27, 2011
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.
May 6, 2011
September 18, 2009
Takes too long to get to its one moving moment at the end.
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.
August 26, 2009
As a theoretical corrective, it's salutary; as a movie, it's a frickin' blooper
January 28, 2009
Ask ten people who've seen this movie what the title's "miracle" is referring to, and you'll get a couple of different guesses and a whole lot of blank stares and shrugs.
January 25, 2009
There are endearing moments but we're in a Spike Lee world where it's okay to interject his "black vs. the privileged white-man" lecture time and again to the detriment of the film.
November 26, 2008
There's no moviemaking miracle at work here, just a half-baked project that might be Lee's biggest disappointment to date.
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.
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.
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.
October 5, 2008
Full of cliches and the very stereotypes against which director Spike Lee rails, "Miracle at St. Anna" is a television movie that's far below the capabilities of one of the most talented living film directors.
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.
September 30, 2008
A messy patchwork of ideas spinning off every which way...but failing to be good doesn't mean that it's not interesting.
September 30, 2008
Maudlin climax leaves a treacly residue of exaggerated valor and sentiment.
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.
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