100

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
"Letters" isn't about numbers or the battle or even the morality of war. It's about the sanctity of life and how we value our own.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
One of the great war movies - or antiwar movies - of all time.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The word masterpiece costs nothing to write and means less than nothing in an age when every third picture and each new Clint Eastwood project is proclaimed as such. After two viewings, however, Letters From Iwo Jima strikes me as the peak achievement in Eastwood's hallowed career.
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Eastwood's direction here is a thing of beauty, blending the ferocity of the classic films of Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) with the delicacy and unblinking gaze of Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story).
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Clint Eastwood's profound, magisterial, and gripping companion piece to his ambitious meditation on wartime image and reality, "Flags of Our Fathers."
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100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It takes a filmmaker possessed of a rare, almost alchemic, blend of maturity, wisdom and artistic finesse to create such an intimate, moving and spare war film as Clint Eastwood has done in Letters From Iwo Jima.
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100

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Eloquent, bloody, and daringly simple.
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100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The view taken by Clint Eastwood, directing from Iris Yamashita's exemplary screenplay, is elegiac, but -- and this is remarkable, given the nature of the production and the sweep of his ambition -- not at all didactic. He lets the film speak for itself, and so it does -- of humanity as well as primitive rage and horror on both sides of the battle.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Now Eastwood turns on a dime and tackles not just his first war movie but two war movies of considerable scope and complexity. If he doesn't nail everything perfectly, he nevertheless has created a vivid memorial to the courage on both sides of this battle and created an awareness in the public consciousness at a most opportune moment about how war feels to those lost in its fog.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Far superior to its companion piece, "Flags of Our Fathers," released earlier this year, "Letters" is a grim and humane film that has to be counted among the director's better efforts.
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89 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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