100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
As profound and intelligent as it is moving, and that makes this memorable motion picture one of 1996's best.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In Washington's haunted eyes, in the stunning cinematography of Roger Deakins (Fargo) that plunges into the mad flare of combat, in the plot that deftly turns a whodunit into a meditation on character and in Zwick's persistent questioning of authority, Courage Under Fire honors its subject and its audience.
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88

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Denzel Washington is riveting.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The end of the film understandably lays on the emotion a little heavily, but until then Courage Under Fire has been a fascinating emotional and logistical puzzle--almost a courtroom movie, with the desert as the courtroom.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A large-scale military drama with a quiet, almost mournful center.
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80

Empire

This is - gasp! - a Hollywood movie actually daring to bare its teeth at silly American flag-waving.
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80

TV Guide

A sober, intelligent drama with surprising integrity.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
At the end of Courage Under Fire, you feel torn between admiration and annoyance with the filmmakers.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Edward Zwick directed this reasonably thoughtful drama, helped by Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan in the main roles.
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75

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
A film that wins on 'Courage' of its convictions. {12 July 1996, p. D1]
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77 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.