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Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers does a most difficult and brave thing and does it brilliantly. It is a movie about a concept. Not just any concept but the shop-worn and often wrong-headed idea of "heroism." Read full review
Eastwood’s two-film project is one of the most visionary of all efforts to depict the reality and meaning of battle. Read full review
It is one of the year's best films and perhaps the finest modern film about World War II. Read full review
Eastwood's sepia-toned combat scenes are as graphic, if not quite as jolting, as those in "Ryan." And without a Tom Hanks-size star in the cast, "Flags" is not likely to do "Ryan's" blockbuster business. But "Flags," a true story directed by someone with far more faith in the audience's ability to empathize, is the better movie. Read full review
A film of awesome power and blistering provocation. Read full review
The cheap perfume of sentimentality wafts through the closing moments of Flags of Our Fathers. It's all the more noticeable for having been avoided so well and so long. Mr. Eastwood knows that sort of thing doesn't mix with the stench of war. Read full review
In the film, the music, beginning with a muted a cappella ballad, is from Eastwood himself. Read full review
The trouble is, he's preaching to the choir -- or, at least, to a culture, profoundly influenced by Tom Brokaw's "The Greatest Generation" and Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan," that has already absorbed the lesson that ''the Good War,'' while it may have been noble, was never less than hell. Read full review
You come out of the theater impressed by the scope of Eastwood's reach and frustrated by how little remains in his grasp. As gifted as this filmmaker is, this isn't the sort of thing he does best. Read full review
As painstaking as a documentary but without the satisfaction of a documentary or the impact of a drama. Read full review
like kicking a puppy.
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