Patriots Day Reviews

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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.
February 24, 2017
It's not suspenseful so much as commemorative and even, in paying tribute to the resilient spirit of Boston and all of those caught up in this attack, celebratory. It's a kind of civic tribute.
February 23, 2017
This movie chronicles the hours before the bombing and the manhunt over the days afterwards, often in forensic detail, combining traditional crime-thriller drama with real CCTV, news and mobile phone footage.
February 23, 2017
The strong narrative pulse overrides the irritation of Wahlberg's blue-collar alpha-saint.
February 21, 2017
Berg deserves more recognition than he gets - he's Michael Bay with a social conscience.
February 8, 2017
As Berg demonstrated in his last film, Deepwater Horizon, he knows how to find his way around a broad canvas.
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 13, 2017
A film content with the charming, if chuckleheaded, cartoon of the Boston local that Wahlberg has regularly inhabited throughout his career.
January 13, 2017
The film, which swivels frantically between first responders, survivors, and investigators, has a percussive force.
January 13, 2017
An efficient and intense thriller that mines the best tropes of the chase genre.
January 13, 2017
It's a story about one city, but it honors the essence of America, and it shows that when the going gets rough, we're all Boston Strong.
Top Critic
January 12, 2017
It isn't quite Captain Phillips or Zero Dark Thirty, but it's a more thoughtful and restrained film than you might've been expecting.
January 12, 2017
Far from being exploitative, "Patriots Day" honors the Bostonians who responded to terrorism with strength.
January 12, 2017
Berg's chronicle of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the subsequent manhunt is a first rate docudrama.
January 12, 2017
At its core lies a clear and hugely suspenseful timeline of the bomb plot and the four-day manhunt for the perpetrators.
January 12, 2017
Overall, this is a Boston Strong film about one of the worst terrorist attacks ever on American soil, and a community's resounding response.
January 12, 2017
Did the real story all go down like this, and does it matter? The answers are "not exactly" and "probably not," since Patriots Day is meant as an ode to teamwork, civic pride and doing what a man's gotta do.
January 12, 2017
After dispensing with the sluggish setup of the film's first act, Berg shifts into high gear, powerfully evoking the feelings of dread and white-knuckle excitement that much of America no doubt felt as the manhunt progressed.
January 12, 2017
The film seems comfortable with [the police's tactics], and also with removing the pesky question of motive from its prime movers: it's enough that they're bad guys who did a very bad thing and must be brought to justice.
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