The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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."
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Eastwood’s two-film project is one of the most visionary of all efforts to depict the reality and meaning of battle.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It is one of the year's best films and perhaps the finest modern film about World War II.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A film of awesome power and blistering provocation.
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Wall Street Journal

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.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
In the film, the music, beginning with a muted a cappella ballad, is from Eastwood himself.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
As painstaking as a documentary but without the satisfaction of a documentary or the impact of a drama.
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79 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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