• Released
  • July 18, 1980
  • R , 2 hr 43 min
  • Drama
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100

L.A. Weekly

By Scott Foundas
To see this seamless "reconstruction" - consisting of some 15 entirely new sequences as well as augmentations to 23 others - is to behold a masterpiece revealed.
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100

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
A grand-style, idiosyncratic war epic, with wonderful poetic ideas, intense emotions, and haunting images rich in metaphysical portent.
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Crust
Marvin's performance, much enhanced by "The Reconstruction," is a marvel.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The combination of old-time Hollywood valor and ahead-of-its-time surprises makes this restoration a big event.
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80

TV Guide

Powerful, humorous, and touching. (Review of Original Release)
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75

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

In his lifetime, Fuller longed for a restoration of what he considered his most personal film. Schickel's version is a labor of love that, despite the controversy it is bound to ignite, comes close to fulfilling the director's vision.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Reissued with the addition of 50 minutes trimmed from the original 1980 cut, Fuller's only A-budget movie is still among the lesser works of this frequently brilliant filmmaker.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Hard-boiled, filled with action, held together by male camaraderie, directed with a lean economy of action. It's one of the most expensive B-pictures ever made, and I think that helps it fit the subject. "A" war movies are about War, but "B" war movies are about soldiers. (Review of Original Release)
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
There are sequences in The Big Red One that you can't forget, and every one of them could have been made better with a bigger budget and a realism that was beyond Fuller's grasp at the time.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Lee Marvin, it must be said, is terrific as the platoon commander, and Fuller deserves props for the film's one sustained sequence: the D-Day attack, in which the platoon gets pinned on the beach for a hellish eternity.
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77 out of 100
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