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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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“..the movie has a few cute moments, but for the most part it's as predictable as being bored in trigonometry..”
by Kyle Smith [New York Post]


“..director James McTeigue ( V for Vendetta) has turned in a crisply efficient thriller that doesn’t surprise but still manages to be mildly entertaining over the course of its predictable 96 minutes..”
by Cary Darling [DFW.com]


“..it's hard to appreciate San Andreas as much more than a series of special effects vistas: impeccably detailed, completely plastic..”
by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky [A.V. Club]


“..fearsomely visceral and impeccably performed, it's a brisk, bracing update, even as it remains exquisitely in period..”
by Guy Lodge [Variety]


“..delightfully inventive, funny and touching and, surreptitiously, a great way of helping kids get a handle on all those inexplicable feelings..”
by David Sexton [This is London]


“..Villeneuve handles conventional action sequences terrifically well..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]


“..from the cloying, ever-present score to the complete lack of narrative momentum, it all adds up to a film that's easily Van Sant's worst..”
by Oliver Lyttelton [The Playlist]


“..the movie can conjure up futuristic images, but the story is nothing we haven't seen before...”
by Stephanie Merry [Washington Post]


“..the spirits may have been willing with Poltergeist but the movie is weak..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


“..will make fans of the Japanese animation studio yearn for when Hayao Miyazaki was there. The now-retired maestro of the form had a sense of poetry and lyricism that's sadly missing here..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]