Fox Searchlight Pictures | Release Date: April 11, 1997 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
48
METASCORE
Mixed or average reviews based on 18 Critics
Positive:
4
Mixed:
13
Negative:
1
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A queasy union of savagery and uplift, the film ought to be unnerving. Instead, it finally becomes routine. [18Apr1997 Pg. C.07]
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There's grist here for a genuinely stirring film. But writer-director Bruce Beresford -- who created the screenplay from interviews with real-life World War II prisoners (who also performed music for the Japanese) -- reduces everything to its most uninteresting banality. [18Apr1997 Pg. N.44]