By Mark Jenkins
Neither innovative nor profound, but it is kinetic, visceral and sometimes moving.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
5 Days of War feels low-budget in everything except its battle sequences.
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
The hard fact, though, is that Harlin's instincts - always toward the massive and slo-mo - make him a fairly dunderheaded political analyst.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Should appeal more to those who like to watch stuff blow up than understand exactly why the carnage is transpiring.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
None of the action is coherent; shots and shells are fired, people and killed or not, explosions rend the air, SUVs spin aloft (the same one more than once, I think), and there is no sense of strategy.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Fails both as historical re-enactment and as action-flick thrill ride.
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Washington Post

A tired old quote about truth being the first casualty of war is a strange way to start 5 Days of War, an overwrought drama that, whatever its good intentions, could hardly be said to aim for objectivity in its account of the 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Most unforgivable, however, is the film's coda in which real Georgian victims pose for the camera with pictures of their loved ones lost in the five days of war. Using real people to impart the emotions that the entire film was unable to evince is simply cheap exploitation.
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Slant Magazine

Renny Harlin seems now incapable of taking a movie even as far as a few frames.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Harlin even makes poor Kilmer go running about. Just like that image, "5 Days" is embarrassingly clumsy.
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31 out of 100
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