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  • Summary: Band of Brothers is a 10-part miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks for HBO. The miniseries follows Easy Company, an army unit during World War II, from their initial training at Camp Toccoa to the conclusion of the war.

    The series is based on the book written by the late
    Band of Brothers is a 10-part miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks for HBO. The miniseries follows Easy Company, an army unit during World War II, from their initial training at Camp Toccoa to the conclusion of the war.

    The series is based on the book written by the late Stephen E Ambrose. Tom Hanks approached Steven Spielberg, who just finished production of Saving Private Ryan. Together they approached HBO with their idea. The station was willing to spend a industry record sum of $120m to realize the project.
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  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Christian Science Monitor
    Reviewed by: M.S. Mason
    Aug 15, 2013
    100
    An amazing accomplishment. It refrains from emotional manipulation (unlike Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan"). All 10 parts portray human nature as it is - mixed motives, conflicting impulses. It earns every emotion it inspires in us. If it is heartening, it's because it defies cynicism and reveals the realities of courage, compassion, and brotherhood as real men in a horrendous war practiced it. [7 Sept 2001, p.15]
  2. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Adam Buckman
    Aug 15, 2013
    100
    After watching the 10-hour Band of Brothers, I'm so drained by the intensity of what I have just beheld that I'm ready to declare this World War II miniseries the finest piece of work ever produced for television. [7 Sept 2001, p.117]
  3. The Hollywood Reporter
    Reviewed by: Barry Garron
    Aug 15, 2013
    100
    It is doubtful that any war movie on the large or small screen has captured the varied experiences of ordinary soldiers better than Band of Brothers. Whether it's the sheer terror of facing an unseen enemy or the momentary joy following a successful mission, the mini eschews the typical movie cliches while revealing and reveling in the humanity within each member of Easy Company. It explains in large measure why this group of regular guys and others like them have come to be called the Greatest Generation. [5 Sept 2001]
  4. Deseret News
    Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Aug 15, 2013
    90
    It doesn't even look like a TV miniseries -- it's more like 10 theatrical films that do an amazing job re-creating battles. [7 Sept 2001, p.W01]
  5. Boston Herald
    Reviewed by: Marisa Guthrie
    Aug 14, 2013
    88
    Band of Brothers stands as a very satisfying adaptation of Ambrose's meticulous and engrossing account. [9 Sept 2001, p.61]
  6. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Aug 14, 2013
    80
    The production is so technically expert that it's agonizing to watch. And with the emphasis on authenticity, there's almost none of the tension that usually moves drama along. To get through it all, viewers will need to be almost as committed to Band of Brothers as the soldiers were to fighting the war. [9 Sept 2001, p.H01]
  7. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    A glorious bungle. It has been produced on a dauntingly massive scale (by no less than Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, those old war hands) and is at times visually astonishing...Unfortunately it also suffers from disorganization, muddled thinking and a sense of redundancy. [8 Sept 2001, p.C01]

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  1. Positive: 39 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Jul 10, 2014
    10
    That was an amazing account on the war. Great acting, scenes, dialogue, and it was beautiful. One of the best shows/movies on war ever. It wasThat was an amazing account on the war. Great acting, scenes, dialogue, and it was beautiful. One of the best shows/movies on war ever. It was just amazing. Expand
  2. Nov 21, 2011
    10
    An excellent achievement in television storytelling. The amount of time and dedication put into this show by the team at Dreamworks and HBO isAn excellent achievement in television storytelling. The amount of time and dedication put into this show by the team at Dreamworks and HBO is stunning. Expand
  3. Jun 10, 2016
    10
    It is unbelievable how well this show stands the test of time. After watching it for the first time years ago, I was astonished at the qualityIt is unbelievable how well this show stands the test of time. After watching it for the first time years ago, I was astonished at the quality of the series. The acting was top notch, and many of the actors were made famous by this show. for people I had never seen or heard of, I was absolutely stunned by their performance. I think their choice to use unknown actors was for the best, because you don't go into the show with any preconceived notions, or thoughts about past roles and performances. The story doesn't pull any punches, as they did not change the truth to make a better story, the best possible story actually happened, and was told faithfully by this series. Their were a few slip ups, due mostly to conflicting accounts, but they are insignificant, and do not detract from the magnificence of this show. You can really see the relationships the soldiers had with one another. You feel their pain, sorrow and joy. There is one scene later on that really hits you hard, I won't spoil it, but you'll know it when you see it. They do not show a whole lot of most of the casualties, but this is because they obviously did not survive to tell their story as the survivors did. There is only one thing that I would have changed, and many people will disagree with me. I would have made the series longer, it is already almost 11 hours long, but I feel that trying to convey a story spanning years is extremely difficult to convey in even 30 hours. They probably had limitations, both by the material they had to work with, and from HBO, and anything longer was out of the question. The cost was already astronomical, and anything longer would have been even more expensive. I'm still in disbelief of how well they conveyed the story in the time they had, though at times I was disappointed by the gaps in the narrative, especially at Bastogne, when Doc Rowe left to help injured soldiers, and you missed much of the battle. I usually don't like shaky camera work, but I do feel it adds to this show, as it almost makes you feel like you are actually there, not just watching in your living room. The battle scenes in general were extremely well done, and were stunningly realistic and heart pounding. You held your breath when they were outnumbered, or being fired on, you sighed in relief when they made it through. The one thing it does not convey as well is the casualties, it focuses on a select few men for obvious reasons. By the end of the war, they had taken 150% casualties, a staggeringly high number. The interviews are one of my favorite parts of the series, as you can here the real heroes tell their story. It adds a surprising amount of meaning to the show, and foreshadows what is to come in the episode. The interviews, especially in episode 10 tug on your heart strings, and it just means more coming from the men who saw it themselves. They truly were the greatest generation, and this show shows you why. Expand
  4. Feb 9, 2014
    10
    This is hands down the best series i've ever seen. Band of Brothers tells a deep story of real members of the 101st Airborne Division, andThis is hands down the best series i've ever seen. Band of Brothers tells a deep story of real members of the 101st Airborne Division, and trust me. It tells that story good. Expand
  5. Nov 19, 2010
    10
    Band of Brothers is one of the most thoroughly enjoyable mini-series ever produced. The story of these memorable characters is one thatBand of Brothers is one of the most thoroughly enjoyable mini-series ever produced. The story of these memorable characters is one that eclipses perhaps any war story over shown on television OR the big screen. Expand
  6. Apr 2, 2013
    9
    Based on the book by Stephen Ambrose Band of Brothers is a ten-part series following the actions of Easy Company starting with their initialBased on the book by Stephen Ambrose Band of Brothers is a ten-part series following the actions of Easy Company starting with their initial boot camp training in Currahee.

    Although the show follows Easy Company into the major battles and events of the European Campaign, each battle is shown from a different perspective to movies such as Saving Private Ryan with D-Day for example seeing the paratroopers land behind enemy lines without most of their weapons and supplies.
    Slightly less 'Hollywood' than Saving Private Ryan and featuring some incredible acting performances Band of Brothers is a gritty and emotional portrayal of arguably the darkest time in European History.
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  7. Jun 14, 2017
    5
    Band of Brothers is the best visual WW2 adaptation to ever grace any screen by brutally recreating the visceral aspects of war through theBand of Brothers is the best visual WW2 adaptation to ever grace any screen by brutally recreating the visceral aspects of war through the eyes of average soldiers. Unfortunately, it is thin on the human spectre, with an ensemble of indistinguishable characters who seem like they are only there to move the plot forward rather than be developed well enough for us to care. Expand

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