Miracle at St. Anna Reviews

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November 17, 2011
May 6, 2011
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.
November 7, 2008
It's impressive that a filmmaker of Lee's distinction is willing to continue to push boundaries.
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.
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.
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.
September 26, 2008
[Lee] resorts to many of the same hoary clichés and fantasy situations he so frequently condemns.
September 26, 2008
It's disappointingly heavy-handed as an examination of racial prejudice in the military.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 26, 2008
Lee takes nearly three hours to tell this sad tale, but he never makes the most of the opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
September 26, 2008
Lee brings a maturing sensibility and a talent for ensemble performance to a tale that is loving, angry and profoundly American.
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.
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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