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The Great Raid


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Release Date :

August 12, 2005

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Director :

John Dahl

Starring :

Benjamin Bratt, James Franco, Connie Nielsen, Joseph Fiennes, Mark Consuelos

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

2 of 4

“..Well-meaning, but ultimately dull..”
by Shawn Dwyer [Hollywood]
8 of 10

“..well, great..”
by Julian Boyance [Movie-Vault]
3 of 5

“..there's nothing that remarkable..”
by Bill Muller [The Arizona Republic]
2.5 of 5

“..the boredom..”
by Scott Brown [Entertainment Weekly]
3 of 4

“..terrific, suspenseful battle scenes..”
by James Verniere [Boston Herald]
2.5 of 4

“..starts slowly and contains too many subplots..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
3.5 of 4

“..refreshes and gratifies..”
by Ed Blank [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
3 of 4

by Terry Lawson [Detroit Free Press]
3 of 4

“..often impressive and inspirational..”
by Duane Dudek [The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
3 of 5

“..mostly educational..”
by Robert Denerstein [Denver Rocky Mountain News]
5 of 10

“..just okay..”
by Edward Douglas [Comingsoon]
2 of 5

“..it's neither rousing nor inspiring..”
by Wade Major [Boxoffice Magazine]
2.5 of 4

“..it's exciting, enthralling stuff..”
by Jeff Vice [Deseret News, Salt Lake City]
2 of 4

“..it may not attract a wide enough audience to earn big medals at the boxoffice..”
by [The Filmiliar Cineaste]
1.5 of 5

“..isn?t all that great..”
by Marc Savlov [Austin Chronicle]
3.5 of 5

“..is predictable and offers very few trademarks of a war film...”
by Lee Tistaert [Lee's Movie Info]
4.5 of 5

“..has more passion, grit..”
by Christian Ghigliotty [The Cinema Source]
10 of 10

“..everything about this movie is as good as it gets...”
by Tony Medley [Tony Medley]
2 of 4

“..arrives with the dull thud of a bomb that fails to detonate on impact...”
by Nick Schager [Slant Magazine]
3.5 of 5

“..an unexciting misfire..”
by [E! Online]
2 of 4

“..a stubbornly old-fashioned movie..”
by Joe Williams [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
2 of 4

“..a sadly mediocre movie..”
by Tim Knight [Reel]
2.5 of 4

“..a noble failure..”
by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
2.5 of 5

“..a muddled movie..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
2.5 of 5

“..a gorgeous-looking film..”
by Chris Barsanti [Filmcritic]
4 of 5

“..a fine film..”
by David Germain [The Dallas Morning News]
1.5 of 4

“..a debacle..”
by Peter Keough [The Boston Phoenix]
3.5 of 4
Reviewed by John Hayes [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Nick Schager [Slant Magazine]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Chris Hewitt [Houston Chronicle]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Daniel Neman [Richmond Times-Dispatch]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Daniel Fienberg [Zap2it]
Reviewed by Sheri Linden [The Hollywood Reporter]

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