75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It expertly capitalizes on the emotional associations Americans have with Pearl Harbor and renders the battle scenes with an excellence that goes beyond proficiency and into the realm of art.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
The film never quite hits a sure-footed stride. The fictional love story stays fictional. But ''Pearl Harbor'' delivers the main event.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The picture is nearly painstaking in its traditionalism, a tale of love, war, and valor in which nostalgia for ''simpler times'' gets mashed together, almost fetishistically, with nostalgia for old movies and for the spirit of knightly self sacrifice during World War II.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A movie meant to explode off the screen -- and it's at its best when those explosions are going full blast.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A script with the most underdeveloped characters and spectacularly realized visuals since "Titanic."
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The 2,400 Americans who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor deserve a nobler memorial than this sentimental hogwash that reduces heroism to "Top Gun" antics and pretty cinematography.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
It's an extravaganza worth seeing once -- and maybe later on DVD.
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50

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
With all the obvious work that went into this beautifully detailed, giant-scale movie, and considering the historical importance of the subject matter, was it too much to ask for a trace of intelligence, or maturity, or even insight?
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40

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film has no soul. An epic about this day of infamy should shake you to the core. But the real infamy about Pearl Harbor is that when you exit, you don't feel a thing.
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10

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Littered with low points -- lame comedy, dubious history, fumbling drama and a love story so inept as to make a pacifist long for war.
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44 out of 100
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