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We Were Soldiers Reviews

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
March 5, 2002
We Were Soldiers will inspire you and touch you.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 5, 2002
By comparison, Oliver Stone's Platoon plays like the experience of a sensibly outraged man worthy of our sympathy.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 4, 2002
This is a soldier's action-war film, that eulogizes them as noble heroes in a questionable war that has turned into a nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 4, 2002
The battle sequences in We Were Soldiers aren't quite as head-spinning as in Black Hawk Down -- but this film does a much better job of establishing the characters before they plunge into battle.
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
March 4, 2002
An inspiring war movie with honorable intentions...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
John A. Nesbit
ToxicUniverse.com
March 4, 2002
...it's a competent film-based on real life experiences in Vietnam by someone other than Oliver Stone!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 3, 2002
We really get to know some of these soldiers and their families in a way that goes beyond most war films. That gives the film additional emotional impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 3, 2002
the least successful of a recent spate of ultra violent war films that ennoble the U.S. military
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 3, 2002
A must-see for fans of thoughtful war films and those interested in the sights and sounds of battle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
March 3, 2002
The role may call for a great presence more than a great actor, but Gibson is both, and the movie is all the better with him as its center of moral gravity.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
March 3, 2002
Fails to bring as much to the table.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
March 1, 2002
As far as war movies go, this is the best studio effort since Terrence Malick's brilliant 1998 picture, The Thin Red Line .
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 1, 2002
Offers no new insight on the matter, nor do its characters exactly spring to life.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
March 1, 2002
... a story we haven't seen on the big screen before, and it's a story that we as Americans, and human beings, should know.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joel Siegel
Good Morning America
March 1, 2002
The sentimental cliches mar an otherwise excellent film. A powerful performance from Mel Gibson and a brutal 90-minute battle sequence that does everything but issue you a dog-tag and an M-16.
| Original Score: B
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Mike Clark
USA Today
March 1, 2002
... the first film in recent memory that a major studio has chosen to release early in the year with palpable filmmaking passion and production heft.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 1, 2002
The only thing that distinguishes a Randall Wallace film from any other is the fact that there is nothing distinguishing in a Randall Wallace film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
March 1, 2002
It is one of the most impressive performances of [Gibson's] career.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 1, 2002
Goes beyond the familiar.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 1, 2002
The story it tells is both forgotten and relevant, a neat trick.
| Original Score: 4/5
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