Miracle at St. Anna Reviews

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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.
September 26, 2008
This movie is too many things without one of those things ever breaking your heart or boiling your blood.
September 25, 2008
Miracle at St. Anna aspires to be epic, but mostly it's just unfocused, sprawling and badly in need of editing.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 25, 2008
It hits every thematic point too heavily and doesn't know when to move on.
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.
September 24, 2008
[A] sloppy, absurdly long mashup of combat film cliches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 22, 2008
Lee screws up his best ideas by trying to blow us away.
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