Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Peculiarly entertaining exercise in bare-bones, Hollywood-style action heroism.
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Entertainment Weekly

When the bullets are flying, Act of Valor is undeniably tense and thrilling.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Employing Navy troops as stars is a clever idea for an action thriller. But the soldiers' awkward line readings are glaring enough to distract from the potency of the story.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Act of Valor is gift-wrapped in patriotism. It was once intended as a recruitment film, and that's how it plays.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Although the film has its undeniably immersive, convincing moments, the merging of dramatic re-creations and on-camera "performances" proves less seamlessly executed than those masterfully coordinated land, sea and air missions.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
For what it is, it's well done, well filmed, well outfitted with ordnance and, well, exciting. However, in script, characters and plot, Act of Valor offers only the barest minimum.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
The problem is that these stoic warriors infect Act of Valor with more wooden acting than you'd see at a ventriloquism school.
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By Michelle Orange
The plot might be summed up this way: America's having a war, and everybody's invited!
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
I don't know what to make of Act of Valor. It's like reviewing a recruiting poster.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Act of Valor is like watching the wrestlers in dramas produced by the WWE: They're great at what they do, but being in front of the camera isn't part of that.
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40 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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