Act of Valor Synopsis
Navy SEALs uncover a terrorist plot against the U.S. during a mission to rescue a captive CIA agent.
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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...
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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"...
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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...
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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...
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Let's get real

By Psyniche
Unless you're on the far left (and I mean far, far left) this movie will move you. Allow yourself to accept that these events, or events very similar, actually happen to the men who volunteer for and...

The critics want stylized formulas, they don't appreciate authentic characters...

By evanmig
By far, the best modern war action film to date. Left all of the over-dramatization, unrealistic writing and bull at the door, the story was real and felt like you were there with the team, just...

Act of Valor... Intense!

By AliciaMNC
No, seriously - it's *intense*. I'm not a weepy chick under any stretch, but there are two things that get me every time - when children are hurt in acts of violence, and when people sacrafice...

cant stop beleiving

By fabrizio
i saw this movie today Friday 24 2012; and i dont think i will ever be the same. to know that this film is not some Hollywood glam experience really framed my movie experience. to say that i was to...

You want excitement? Explosions? Drama and Bravery? You want realism? This is it!

By MooveeFantoo
I was holding my breath in some parts, cheering them on in others and crying a couple of times. This is a movie every American should see and will be thoroughly entertained by this movie. Men leave...


By volleyballgirl16
It was amazing!!!!! I know what the navy and the army and everyone does in the war and mission, but actually seeing it and just it being so real was amazing!! I cried my eyes out at the end, it was...

Pretty Good

By patriotguy24
If you can get past the fact that none of these guys have had any acting experience you'll love the movie. Lots of run and gun action and a good movie overall. True heroism!...

Act of Valor

By 37375tn
Being a 30 year Navy veteran I'm a stickler for authenticity relating to military procedure, uniforms, realism, the dialogue and even the way the actors salute. Act of Valor passed with flying colors...

How could you not like this movie?

By kmoney51
I know it's February and Hollywood saves their best pictures for the end of the year but this should be in the running for Best Picture of 2012. If a war movie with actors portraying real heros is...


By ataleof14cloves
Incredibly raw and personal. Really exposed the humanity of the navy seals along with the unfaltering brotherhood and overwhelming firepower and grit, unrivaled planning and execution of mission...

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Rated R | For Strong violence, including some torture, and for language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Real-life SEALs can't save poorly made, violent movie.
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