We Were Soldiers Reviews

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August 18, 2008
We Were Soldiers is, ultimately, a powerful and moving experience--once it overcomes its clunky, badly written and cliched first act.
October 19, 2003
Gibson wears a rictus of distaste which seems more suggestive of dodgy on-set catering than the horrors of combat.
August 9, 2002
July 20, 2002
Probably the best thing you can say about We Were Soldiers is that it does justice to an awful conflict.
March 22, 2002
Makes you cry for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who died so pointlessly with Geoghegan. And their orphans.
March 14, 2002
As I settled into my World War II memories, I found myself strangely moved by even the corniest and most hackneyed contrivances.
Top Critic
March 13, 2002
After suffering through We Were Soldiers, I think I've seen all the war movies I care to endure for quite some time.
March 5, 2002
By comparison, Oliver Stone's Platoon plays like the experience of a sensibly outraged man worthy of our sympathy.
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.
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.
March 1, 2002
Goes beyond the familiar.
March 1, 2002
The story it tells is both forgotten and relevant, a neat trick.
March 1, 2002
Even those stout hearts who managed to sit through the gore of Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down will likely find it difficult to watch scenes such as the one where a soldier's face is burned away by a phosphorus grenade.
March 1, 2002
The film feels formulaic, its plot and pacing typical Hollywood war-movie stuff, while the performances elicit more of a sense of deja vu than awe.
March 1, 2002
... one of the best war movies of the past 20 years.
March 1, 2002
Mel Gibson fights the good fight in Vietnam in director Randall Wallace's flag-waving war flick with a core of decency.
March 1, 2002
... a winning, balanced and compassionate war movie, one with room for both heroism and command incompetence, sacrifice and its consequences.
March 1, 2002
At its best, it's Black Hawk Down with more heart. At its worst, it's Rambo- meets-John Ford.
March 1, 2002
Often stirring, but crude and cliche-ridden.
March 1, 2002
Wallace has fashioned a gung-ho piece of conventional entertainment that would have been a natural fit for John Wayne but today feels a bit too naive for its own good.
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