Patriots Day Reviews

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May 24, 2019
Patriots Day takes one of the biggest modern tragedies and plays it up as an over the top pat on the back to a fictional character instead of real people.
November 5, 2018
Berg, like Bay before him, uses patriotism as an easy crutch to heighten the emotionality of scenes.
November 1, 2018
When Patriots Day is working at its best it is an intense thriller, but too bad those moments of intensity are in service of an unsettling glorification of violence as retribution.
October 17, 2018
Watching Wahlberg, all blue-collar grit and hungover charm, parachuted into the otherwise historically accurate plot felt something like watching a CGI character super-imposed into historical footage.
April 13, 2018
Ultimately Patriots Day becomes a Berg and Wahlberg branding of our misery. They probably set out with the best intentions, but turning a tragedy into a fictional fantasy only creates a fragmented sense of reality that likely won't suture any wounds.
October 17, 2017
With the film unfolding in its all-too-familiar multi-stranded way, we are left with the growing impression that a real-life tragedy has been cynically turned into a conventional commercial thriller.
September 19, 2017
You have to wonder what it is in audiences that wants to replay such horrible events: Is it that watching a movie about them allows us to feel that we have grasped them? If so, I can't agree that it's a good thing.
April 25, 2017
It may have been a real masterpiece, but unfortunately it ends up as a sentimentaloid monologue. [Full review in Spanish]
March 3, 2017
Simplistic to an extent, the good guys-versus-villainous 'others' narrative is further undermined by the occasional undercurrent of jingoism.
March 2, 2017
It is the most effective at the end when Berg shows off some of the real people from the film. Their stories can still bring audiences to tears. Too bad the movie itself could not get closer to that.
March 2, 2017
At a certain point, consideration becomes clinginess, and Berg holds on so tight to his emotional pandering, it comes at the expense of everything else
February 27, 2017
Unfocused like a 1970s cast-of-thousands disaster flick, and with little point beyond engaging in bland and easy propagandistic cheering. Boston deserves better.
February 26, 2017
In this case, however, the honest, straight-up public servant [Wahlberg] plays is kind of a fake.
February 23, 2017
There's a lingering sense of awkwardness that springs from the way the film leans on easy cliches, stereotypes and emotions for entertainment.
February 3, 2017
Much of this feels familiar or worse, especially the cringeworthy finale.
January 23, 2017
"Patriots Day" touches on vast phenomena, looking at an event that packs a huge amount of modern mental space in its crisp narrative confines. That's why its blandly reductive simplicity is all the more unfortunate.
January 19, 2017
Patriots Day is too little. There's too little new information, too little character development and too little reason for it to exist.
January 17, 2017
The kind of all-star disaster movie you might've seen in the 70s (with photos of Simmons, Goodman, Bacon, and the rest of the supporting players lined up in a neat row at the bottom of the poster), complete with half-baked backstories and dopey romances.
January 16, 2017
Too many compromises undermine the latest Peter Berg/Mark Wahlberg collaboration.
January 13, 2017
A superhero in his ability to be in every single location that matters... A teenage boy's savior fantasy: if only I am always in the right place at the right time, I will be the greatest hero my friends and family and my town has ever known!
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