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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
    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: 38 out of 74
  2. Negative: 28 out of 74
  1. mirandao
    Jun 12, 2009
    I absolutely love this movie! i cry almost everytime i see it near the end, and when rafe comes back of course! i think the love story is bittersweet, and the film is marked with outstanding special effects during the battle scenes. the only minor flaws with this movie is affleck's mediocre acting and sometimes-corny dialogue. you should definitely buy a copy of pearl harbor!! Expand
  2. EricaH.
    Jan 1, 2009
    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. Oct 19, 2011
    Despite the lame love story, this was a very entertaining World War II movie (dare I say it, better than Saving Private Ryan). Not to mention one of the most patriotic movies out there! Expand
  4. Jan 26, 2012
    Throughout many areas of acting, it was corny, the script was retarded, several actors were miscast in their roles, the story was lifeless and unappealing, and the historical inaccuracy suffers from a poorly-written back-and-forth plot. In fact, many action sequences were misguided despite a lot of entertaining explosions. I am NOT impressed. Expand
  5. Aug 12, 2014
    The problem of "Pearl Harbor" is that it focuses merely on some well-done visuals. Except for this, everything else, including screenwriting, acting performances, casting, direction, soundtrack, are of a such low quality that the whole film feels like an insult. The historical background is exploited only in terms of CGI and there is neither accuracy nor a meaning in what is presented as a historical drama. Expand
  6. KoenD.
    May 30, 2006
    Ridiculous movie. Worst movie I've seen in my entire life.
  7. JaredC.
    Aug 16, 2007
    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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