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  • Summary: From director John Dahl comes the stirring true story of one of the most spectacular rescue missions ever to take place in American history: "the great raid on Cabanatuan," the daring exploit that would liberate more than 500 U.S. Prisoners of War in the face of overwhelming odds. A grippingFrom director John Dahl comes the stirring true story of one of the most spectacular rescue missions ever to take place in American history: "the great raid on Cabanatuan," the daring exploit that would liberate more than 500 U.S. Prisoners of War in the face of overwhelming odds. A gripping depiction of human resilience, the film vividly brings to life the personal courage and audacious heroism that allowed a small but stoic band of World War II soldiers to attempt the impossible in the hopes of freeing their captured brothers. (Miramax) Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Esposito
    75
    The action is brilliant, the combat sharp and rattling, and the film follows the historical record more closely than most Hollywood films.
  2. While one might have wished for a better movie, and a few smarter decisions regarding the screenplay, generally it's a riveting, even inspirational account of an American feat of arms about which few know but about which many more should.
  3. 63
    The rousing success of the final 45 minutes cannot entirely counterbalance the stumbling uncertainty of the first 90 minutes.
  4. Reviewed by: Joel Selvin
    50
    The Great Raid tells its story without irony, perspective or any leavening that would make it something other than an ordinary military-action caper.
  5. 50
    The Great Raid cries out for the kind of B-movie industriousness that Dahl brought to his early, low-budget films noirs (Kill Me Again, Red Rock West and The Last Seduction), but instead it has dreams of sugarplum Oscars dancing in its head, and never stops mistaking spectacle for the truly spectacular.
  6. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    50
    For all its noble intentions, its striving for authenticity, its unblinking look at the savagery of war, The Great Raid is far more dutiful than dramatic.
  7. 30
    Like the infamous Japanese water tortures of WWII, Dahl’s film is a steadily mounting series of pesky nonevents paced with all the frenetic, action-packed verve of a wounded lawn sprinkler.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 37
  2. Negative: 5 out of 37
  1. JaredB.
    Jan 26, 2007
    10
    The fact that some critics gave this movie such harsh reviews lets me know that some people just don't know a great movie when they see The fact that some critics gave this movie such harsh reviews lets me know that some people just don't know a great movie when they see it. Sure, it could have been at least 10 minutes shorter. However, despite the length, this is a stunning, action-packed retelling of the most successful rescue operation ever attempted by a U.S. military outfit. An excellent film. Expand
  2. Victor
    Sep 18, 2005
    10
    Fantastic.
  3. AnitaH.
    Oct 21, 2005
    10
    I was so excited to see this movie since my Dad was one of the Rangers that went on the raid. I was glad the movie stuck to the facts. I was so excited to see this movie since my Dad was one of the Rangers that went on the raid. I was glad the movie stuck to the facts. Can't wait to get the CD so I can play the end frame by frame and maybe see my Dad. Expand
  4. TreP.
    Aug 26, 2005
    9
    Worthwhile and necessary in this era of over-to-top Hollywood everything. I highly recommend it.
  5. DavidZ
    Apr 1, 2007
    9
    This is one of the examples that most movie critics got it wrong. Their comments and evaluations became formulaic and predictable.
  6. ManuelR.
    Dec 16, 2005
    8
    Should have had more action. I read the book and it was good.
  7. IanD.
    Jan 14, 2006
    1
    I give it a one because it's a true story. Otherwise, the pacing was slow, the story was scattered and James Franco's acting can be I give it a one because it's a true story. Otherwise, the pacing was slow, the story was scattered and James Franco's acting can be compared to a stone wall, lifeless. No wonder this sat on the shelf for two years...if it was any good, they would've released it back in 2002. Think about that... Expand

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