Letters from Iwo Jima Synopsis
An account of a World War II battle for the island lays out the Japanese perspective.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Eloquent, bloody, and daringly simple.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Letters from Iwo Jima

By cagalnva
I thought that it was very interesting to see war from the other side. As the movie reflects that soilders are young and scared of the same thing "death" and not being able to return to their familys...

Letters from Buffalo

By maadler922
Fascinating view from the other side. The build up from the beginning might seem like its dragging, but you need every second of it to get the full flavor of the entire picture. A must see. I look...

Beautifully Done

By MongrolMan
This one is truly touching and beautiful. See it and learn what drama is about....

Very very Moving

By ForlornSky
The other side of the battle in Iwo Jima. The acting is top notch, every actor and actres play their parts theo their fullest. The action sequences are just jaw dropping amazing. In my opinion, MUCH...

Letters from Iwo Jima Movie Review

By Asianfreak
100 out of 100 A powerful experience....

What's the big deal

By ndivita
Too long, boring, uninspired. Very weak movie....

Letters From Iwo Jima

By Moviedude
Clint Eastwood's second war masterpiece,after Flags of Our Fathers,is a powerful,masterful account of the war told ferom the japanese side,and in their language.I think it is Clint's boldest film...

Best Movie of the year

By Chromedome58
This movie tells a story that is both captivating and entertaining. Seeing this movie was worth every penny. The Movie is great! The way Clint Eastwood made it fantastic. If you are looking for a...

great movie!

By hbkskater4
Clint eastwood did a great job with this movie. Flags of Our Fathers was also pretty good but there were so many flashbacks it was getting ridiculous. I am only 13 and enjoyed Letters From Iwo Jima a...

Lettlers from Iwo Jima

By ShebaHenryAriel
I thought it was well done, but there were some "scale" issues that bothered me: the American invasion looked more like the invasion of Normandy, and I'm quite sure the American fleet attacking Iwo...

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Rated R | For graphic war violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Eastwood offers a profound perspective on WWII.
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