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Tears of the Sun Reviews

April 22, 2003
Will a thinking audience really buy the image of helpless, grateful people bestowing kisses and victory songs upon Willis as the representative of all things American: power, guts, compassion?
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 4, 2003
Deserves the bad reviews and the lackluster earnings it has accumulated thus far.
March 20, 2003
Raping and pillaging and blowing things up is mainly what this movie is about, although it claims to show how the most robotic, dehumanized soldiers can be transformed by human suffering.
March 12, 2003
Fuqua ... can stage action, but he can't save a trivializing, reactionary script featuring a Hollywood star (read America) as a global savior.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
March 11, 2003
This Black Hawk Down theft is a trial by cliché.
March 9, 2003
In a movie with so much graphic suffering by innocent Africans, it's a bit disconcerting that so much loving attention is paid to Bruce Willis's anguished mug.
March 8, 2003
Tears is efficient and gets the job done -- but there's not much personality on display.
March 7, 2003
This movie should have been called Crocodile Tears of the Sun.
March 7, 2003
The film is a strictly no-bull proposition.
March 7, 2003
The movie might have gotten a dramatic boost from its topical theme, indirect as it is. Unfortunately, it's not one-tenth as interesting as what you can see at home during a nightly cable surf as U.S. war policy is debated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 7, 2003
If you ever wanted a reason to root for a righteous invasion, this sequence -- like My Lai but improved because it's perpetrated by the bad guys -- provides it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 7, 2003
If it were better done, Tears would be offensive: the villains are evil, faceless, baby-murdering Muslims. But the movie is so shoddy and one-dimensional that it's just a dreary, predictably violent bore.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 7, 2003
Propaganda doesn't get any more entertaining.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 7, 2003
At its best, it's a little hard to sit through. At its worst, it's like every other picture about soldiers on a tough mission. What pushes it above mediocrity is that it ends better than it begins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 7, 2003
Tears of the Sun has a title that makes no sense whatsoever. The film's message, on the other hand, makes too much sense -- it's simplistic and reactionary and designed to get hearts pumping but not minds thinking.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 7, 2003
Willis' performance redeems much of the film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 7, 2003
Painfully obvious, yet confusing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 7, 2003
What's noteworthy is that Tears is simultaneously a gripping action tale and a plea for a policy of engagement, of humanitarian intervention, in parts of the world where oil is not at stake.
Read More | Original Score: B+
March 7, 2003
Washington may like the timing, but the serious considerations of war and horror here are ultimately undermined by sentiment and schlock.
Read More | Original Score: C+
March 7, 2003
Just smart and novel enough to not be mistaken for military propaganda.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 7, 2003
At its best, the film is a nightmare embossed on a postcard -- horrific and ominously gorgeous.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 7, 2003
Handsomely made, well-meaning but finally frustrating and unsatisfying, this perplexing film is an example of a previously unseen hybrid, the socially conscious, humanitarian action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 7, 2003
As generic as its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 7, 2003
Like most politicians and some columnists, the script kindly spares us any historical context or confusing detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 7, 2003
Can Bruce Willis save Africa from the Africans? Not in Antoine Fuqua's overwrought, blood-drenched fable of bogus Hollywood heroism, he can't.
March 7, 2003
Timely but confused Black Hawk Down wannabe.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 7, 2003
The audience's tears are more likely to result from boredom, irritation at Hans Zimmer's wretched fake-world-music score and inadvertent amusement at the thunderously earnest dialogue and Ms. Bellucci's awkward line readings.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 7, 2003
Until it descends into mindless routine action in the climactic scenes, Tears of the Sun is essentially an impressionistic nightmare ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 7, 2003
Had the movie been a straightforward action yarn, it might have worked. But it tries to sound Platoon-like chords of sorrow.
Read More | Original Score: C
March 7, 2003
Tears of the Sun may make you weep, but not for joy.
March 6, 2003
Its moral and political viewpoint is so crushingly simple-minded that one yearns for the intellectual nuance of George Bush.
March 6, 2003
Flashy on the surface, Tears of the Sun is shallow at the heart.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 6, 2003
Cries a river of cliches, but gets the job done.
Read More | Original Score: C
March 6, 2003
Antoine Fuqua, coming off Training Day, knows how to stage a skirmish in the foliage so that each leaf glistens with waxy moonlit peril.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 4, 2003
Uninvolving due to stick-figure characters and off-putting in its images of technology-enhanced Yanks striding like benevolent giants among helpless Third World victims.
March 4, 2003
A really, really strong piece of work by [Willis].
March 4, 2003
Tears of the Sun is not a great movie, but it is satisfying, and represents an example of accomplished filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2003
Fuqua mixes the heroism, tears and courage with enough taut suspense and action to appeal to male audiences of all ages.