Columbia Pictures | Release Date: December 28, 2001 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 33 Critics
Positive:
24
Mixed:
8
Negative:
1
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63
Character is almost wholly subordinated to a blast-furnace rendering of the hell into which they're dumped. Seldom will you see so many US military body parts strewn around a movie screen.
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.
80
As brilliantly shot as it is brutally single-minded, this is a war movie shorn of all its usual accouterments: the battle is the plot.
75
Throw in the music -- a wall-to-wall whorl of Eastern modal dirges, thumping rock and Celtic-y skirl -- and you've got a veritable cinematic rhapsody of war.
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]
100
It takes its place on the very short list of the unforgettable movies about war and its ineradicable and immeasurable costs.