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  • Summary: Against the backdrop of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, two friends (Affleck, Hartnett) find themselves drawn into the war and in love with the same woman (Beckinsale).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 35
  2. Negative: 6 out of 35
  1. 100
    The film's immense cast and crew, headed by director Michael Bay, writer Randall Wallace and stars Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale, blend artistry and technology to create a blockbuster entertainment that has passion, valor and tremendous action.
  2. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    70
    Parts of this three-hour World War II epic are brilliant -- especially the 40-minute sequence in which the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor is stunningly re-created.
  3. A movie meant to explode off the screen -- and it's at its best when those explosions are going full blast.
  4. For all its agonizing true-life trappings, has the staying power of a grand-scale video game. Manhattan's sushi bars are in no danger of going dark.
  5. 50
    Clearly, neither screenwriter Randall Wallace nor director Michael Bay ever met a cliche he didn't embrace.
  6. 40
    The chaos is convincing, but, less ruthless than Steven Spielberg, Bay eschews D-day panic and mutilation.
  7. Littered with low points -- lame comedy, dubious history, fumbling drama and a love story so inept as to make a pacifist long for war.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 75
  2. Negative: 28 out of 75
  1. Nov 10, 2014
    10
    i can not believe that critics are disliking this film it was better then ' The Notebook' it had volume that was was emotionally intimate that Ben Affleck's loving performance with Kate Beckinsale take that best couple ever on screen then Ryan Gosling and Rachel Mcadams !!!!!!!!!!! take that. Micheal Bay does it again !!!!!!!! makes another great film like Bad Boys , The Rock). after Bay's film Bad Boys was with cops , robbers explosions well that was the beginning of his career with explosions , rage , best music. Grade !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A+ Expand
  2. RyanM.
    Dec 15, 2001
    9
    Okay, so it's no return to the war genre from "The Thin Red Line." But, it is very, very, very entertaining. Its epic valor and powerful 40 minute bombing sequence are exceptionally executed. Also, the performances are surprisingly good, Josh Hartnett surprised me as the third man in the triangle of love. Ben Affleck was solid (as he usually is.) And Kate Beckinsale! Wow! What a performance. I thought I was watching the next Susan Sarandon right in front of me. It is one of the most beautifully shot films I've seen this decade. And, even though it didn't make a penny in profits. it looks like it would?ve with it?s brilliant special effects. It?s one of the most amazingly put together films of the year, and its battle sequence it genuinely frightening. Expand
  3. Nov 29, 2010
    9
    one of my faverite movies of all time. The love story is not as good as the titanics but still enjoyable. The bombing was by far the best of the whole movie and the ending will make you cry the first time you see it. Expand
  4. Feb 9, 2013
    4
    Except for a 40 minutes of massive explosions and pretty good film making while the Japanese attack, the movie couldn't be more boring, phony, and irritating. Expand
  5. Sep 19, 2013
    3
    This movie is so superficial and exaggerated, that it feels like an empty hollow shell of a movie that is historically inaccurate with lots of Michael Bay-approved explosions. Expand
  6. Oct 18, 2011
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Way too long. Quite boring too. If there was actually content, it might do justice to the length. But the only bit of action (where Japanese attack Pearl Harbor) is not well done or connected to the story. I mean, how the hell do these idiots hope to take down planes with a shotgun or thompson? Expand
  7. JaredC.
    Aug 16, 2007
    0
    I prefer war genre's, and this is a good choice, but comparing it to Behind Enemy Lines, U-571, and Saving Private Ryan, this is an embarresment, it was worked out the most terrible way possible, I hated absolutely everything in it. Expand

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