Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
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  1. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    Black Hawk turns nightmare into great cinema.
  2. 88
    One hell of a ride. For better or for worse, it will leave you stunned and reeling.
  3. 100
    Films like this are more useful than gung-ho capers like "Behind Enemy Lines." They help audiences understand and sympathize with the actual experiences of combat troops, instead of trivializing them into entertainments.
  4. It is an exceptional accomplishment.
  5. It's one of the most ferociously convincing physical re-creations of warfare ever put on screen.
  6. What we need to remember, what Black Hawk Down reminds us, is that there are no safe missions when you're chasing bad guys. Especially when you have to chase them down a hole.
  7. 89
    Absolutely harrowing, shocking in its sudden revelatory immediacy, and very, very well done, Black Hawk Down is one of the best depictions of the outright lunacy inherent to battle I have ever seen.
  8. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    100
    Scott superbly re-creates the sense of individuals facing astounding odds, with barely a few minutes' respite over a 12-hour battle.
  9. Rivets our interest for its entire lengthy running time. And it does this without any of the usual war movie clichés, false heroics, barracks-humor nonsense or grandstanding absurdities.
  10. 100
    His is a triumph of pure filmmaking, a pitiless, unrelenting, no-excuses war movie so thoroughly convincing it's frequently difficult to believe it is a staged re-creation.
  11. Doesn't just kick your ass. It pummels your entire body; it leaves you trembling.
  12. 90
    A personal best for producer Jerry Bruckheimer, a triumph for Scott and a war film of prodigious power. You will be shaken.
  13. The next worst thing to being there. That's how real it feels.
  14. 88
    An overwhelmingly tactile experience. Scott brings you so close into the action, the grit and smoke and blood seem to spill off the screen and into your head.
  15. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    100
    It takes its place on the very short list of the unforgettable movies about war and its ineradicable and immeasurable costs.
  16. 100
    I've rarely seen so selfless a collection of performances and, in a war movie, so general an absence of rhetoric or guff. [25 & 31 Dec 2001, p. 127]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 250 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 103
  2. Negative: 11 out of 103
  1. jennyb
    Feb 26, 2009
    10
    Black Hawk Down is a movie worth seeing. Non-stop packed action, and thrill. You really see what these soldiers go through. I would rate this Black Hawk Down is a movie worth seeing. Non-stop packed action, and thrill. You really see what these soldiers go through. I would rate this movie in my own top 2! Very well done!! Full Review »
  2. Dec 26, 2011
    6
    Ridley Scott's true-story-based "Black Hawk Down" is too broad for the picture. During a monotonous 2 hours, the so called 'realism' is seenRidley Scott's true-story-based "Black Hawk Down" is too broad for the picture. During a monotonous 2 hours, the so called 'realism' is seen in his never ending battlefield where the U.S gets all the respect and bad-ass deaths with last line memorable quotes spurring out from their tongues. BUT. I still give credit for his decision to portray a battle lost by the US. I think it's one of the first non-bias-tried movies. Full Review »
  3. Mar 22, 2012
    10
    When i saw this movie i was absolutely impressed. A true Ridley Scott masterpiece, thrilling until the very end with excellent actorsWhen i saw this movie i was absolutely impressed. A true Ridley Scott masterpiece, thrilling until the very end with excellent actors performance. In my eyes one of the best war movies I have seen which still did not loose its actuality Full Review »