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Rescue Dawn Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
April 28, 2014
Unlike a traditional Hollywood movie, Rescue Dawn follows the pacing and irony of real life. It is far from predictable and far from formulaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
The jungle has been very good to Werner Herzog.
Nick Rogers
September 17, 2010
Werner Herzog isn't interested in patriotism as product placement, like other directors might be. Though uncommonly somber, "Dawn" is still an engrossing prison-break film. It's not "The Great Escape." It's "The Sheer, Dumb Luck Escape."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 9, 2010
Dumps traditional war movie bravado in favor of a subtler touch, and softens the blow of an unspeakable ordeal by shooting it amidst a series of jarringly beautiful and poetic canvases.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Chris Fujiwara
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Bale's lack of ambiguity points to the biggest limitation of a film that makes the grade as an adventure yarn by ignoring the most disturbing implications of its story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louis Proyect
April 9, 2009
Not the typical Chuck Norris movie, but just as rancid in its own "edgy" pretentious manner.
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Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
Rescue Dawn may not feel much like a Herzog movie, but it's a gripping real-life thriller.
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
July 23, 2008
Rescue Dawn wouldn't be half the film it is if it were not for the stellar performances by Bale and Zahn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Holcomb
Beyond Hollywood
April 18, 2008
At first glance, "Rescue Dawn" might seem like Herzog gone Hollywood, but it's still very much the man's work. Herzog has his cake and eats it too.
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
Complex and multi-faceted, Herzog has made a film with the skin of an action movie and the heart of a rhythmic, reflective poem
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Peter Calder
New Zealand Herald
February 22, 2008
The most un-Herzog-like Werner Herzog film you're likely to see, this based-on-fact Vietnam War drama is very classy if rather standard stuff. But it is considerably enlivened by the always engaging presence of Christian Bale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
December 6, 2007
Emocionante como aventura e como exemplo da força do espírito humano, comprova o talento inquestionável de Herzog, um dos diretores contemporâneos mais importantes e surpreendentes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
November 23, 2007
What we miss is the real Herzogian touch that can translate tales of derringdo into something more than mere adventure and stir the soul as well as the heart and mind.
| Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
November 23, 2007
An effective, unassuming and old-fashioned action adventure which is - perhaps a little faute de mieux - probably the best film of the week.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

The Sun (UK)
November 23, 2007
The only problem with director Werner Herzog's well-paced film is that it seems to have little point beyond admiring Dengler's tenacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
November 23, 2007
The performances are worryingly Method. Bale eats bowls of maggots. I had to look away when he tucked into a live snake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Daily Mirror (UK)
November 23, 2007
While you have to admire Bale's dedication - he looks like a human skeleton - the film slows to a crawl in the middle as Dengler attempts to survive life in prison. Proceedings may pick up in the last half hour, but getting there proves to be an endurance
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Glasby
November 23, 2007
Overlong and structurally compromised, this powerful, precision-tooled film expertly illustrates just how (altogether now): fear can keep you prisoner but hope can set you free.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nev Pierce
Total Film
November 23, 2007
Ray Mears has nothing on Werner Herzog. A rough guide to survival in the cruel, cruel world, with a captivating central performance from Christian Bale. Gripping, emotional and, oddly, gloriously optimistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jamie Russell
November 23, 2007
A quirky first half of torture, starvation and, um, stinky farts gives way to crazed jungle fever as Dengler leads a great escape into the heart of darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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