100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
An old-fashioned prisoner-of-war movie that becomes much more because of writer-director Werner Herzog's admiration for the remarkable true story of its protagonist, Dieter Dengler.
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100

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
What a sweet collision is Rescue Dawn: the American psycho meets the German kook.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Out of a harrowing story set in a foreign thicket, Herzog has found American beauty.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Christian Bale plays Dieter Dengler and this is one of the actor's most complex and compelling performances.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The question remains: Why would Herzog want to dramatize what he has already captured as nonfiction? To better control the material, I think, and to bring it in line with his own obsessions.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Bale is extraordinary, grinning like a kid, displaying wily intelligence, sinewy resolve and spirit - and a bit of craziness, too.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is, indeed, perhaps the most believable that Herzog has made. For a director who gravitates toward the extremes of human behavior, this film involves extreme behavior, yes, but behavior forced by the circumstances.
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
To better capture the extremity of Dengler's ordeal, Bale once again underwent the kind of dramatic weight loss that shocked audiences of "The Machinist," but he's downright plump next to the emaciated Davies, who looks like Charles Manson in the end stages of a hunger strike.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There is a great movie in Werner Herzog's Vietnam saga, Rescue Dawn. Unfortunately, it's about 30 minutes long.
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63

USA Today

This is all about escape. And as prison-break movies go, Rescue ranks among the best.
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77 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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