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  • Summary: Set in a Nazi prisoner of war camp, Lt. Tommy Hart (Farrell), a Harvard law student before enlisting, is assigned by top ranking Colonel William McNamara (Willis) to defend an African-American airman (Howard) accused of murder in a camp trial held by his fellow American prisoners.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. 75
    Works uncommonly well because of the effective manner in which it blends together its various elements: the WW2 prison camp setting, the courtroom aspects, and the issues of honor, racism, and redemption.
  2. The plot is canny, but it would be little more than an ingenious springloaded device were it not for the performances by Howard and Iures.
  3. 63
    Could have been a contender, but it lacks the courage of its own ambivalence.
  4. 50
    Despite its admirable sobriety for most of its running time, the film's climax is a parade of ludicrous clichés.
  5. Having seen the TV series "Hogan's Heroes," we already know that a German prisoner of war camp can be cartooned; Hart's War goes further as a cartoon that takes itself seriously.
  6. 40
    Director Gregory Hoblit ("Primal Fear") is merely arranging cliches in new patterns until the surprise ending blows enough pro-military fervor up the audience's ass to make Colin Powell call a halt.
  7. 30
    Wants to be everything and adds up to nothing. "War" is a film that tries to excel on several levels and falls flat on all of them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. TonyB.
    Sep 19, 2005
    8
    What a shame that this fine film was not recognized by the critics or promoted effectively by MGM.
  2. Jan 3, 2015
    6
    A war movie that transformed into a law-movie - and later, into some kind of drama. The beginning was good, but by the end of the movie I grewA war movie that transformed into a law-movie - and later, into some kind of drama. The beginning was good, but by the end of the movie I grew to be a little disappointed. The characters were seemingly given depth - and no depth at all. All in all it is a pretty good movie, but everything was as if "half-way done". And Colin Farrell definitely starred this one - Bruce Willis' character was pretty "macho" all the time, but never really proved himself. As if he had no reason to (so, he didn't convince me). Expand
  3. FrankO.
    Jan 25, 2006
    5
    Disappointed in this film, the book by John Katzenbach was so much better in terms of tension and suspense. Willis was good, first time I Disappointed in this film, the book by John Katzenbach was so much better in terms of tension and suspense. Willis was good, first time I noticed Terrance Howard who I enjoy as an actor. Way too long. Expand
  4. SylvieT.
    Jan 18, 2010
    5
    Couldn't even finish watching it. If there had never been a WWII movie made, ever, this would have been a good representation. Failed to Couldn't even finish watching it. If there had never been a WWII movie made, ever, this would have been a good representation. Failed to deliver anything 'new'. I just got bored and left. Expand

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