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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).
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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. Until a disappointing tailspin in the last hour, Pearl Harbor is the best piece of popular entertainment to come along in years.
  3. A movie meant to explode off the screen -- and it's at its best when those explosions are going full blast.
  4. 50
    With all the obvious work that went into this beautifully detailed, giant-scale movie, and considering the historical importance of the subject matter, was it too much to ask for a trace of intelligence, or maturity, or even insight?
  5. A script with the most underdeveloped characters and spectacularly realized visuals since "Titanic."
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    40
    The net result of this mighty effort is perhaps predictable: near total inconsequence.
  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: 40 out of 78
  2. Negative: 28 out of 78
  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 intimatei 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. EricaH.
    Jan 1, 2009
    9
    One of my favorite movies. Its a bit on the lengthy side, sure. But its made up of a really great cast which, for me, just brings it all together.
  3. Sep 13, 2011
    8
    The movie was good especially when they play chicken with the zeros, the only reason i didn't give it a 10 was because, the story line wasThe movie was good especially when they play chicken with the zeros, the only reason i didn't give it a 10 was because, the story line was thrown off when the girl cheated on the main character. Expand
  4. Mar 28, 2015
    4
    Here's a quote from the movie that shows how bad the dialogue is:
    -Ben Affleck: "You are so beautiful it hurts"
    -Kate Beckinsale: "It's your
    Here's a quote from the movie that shows how bad the dialogue is:
    -Ben Affleck: "You are so beautiful it hurts"
    -Kate Beckinsale: "It's your nose that hurts"
    -Ben Affleck: "I think it's my heart"
    Wow...that's just...wow. The first time I saw that scene, I literally cringed in my seat because of those lines
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  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 ofThis 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. KoenD.
    May 30, 2006
    1
    Ridiculous movie. Worst movie I've seen in my entire life.
  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 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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