100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
One of the best war movies of the past 20 years.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
"Black Hawk Down" was criticized because the characters seemed hard to tell apart. We Were Soldiers doesn't have that problem; in the Hollywood tradition it identifies a few key players, casts them with stars, and follows their stories.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The in-your-face style of We Were Soldiers results in a suspenseful, intense, and exhausting cinematic experience.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
We Were Soldiers works. The action is well-staged and realistic. And Gibson is a commanding presence in a role that has more shadings and stature than his usual action heroes.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
It isn't afraid to genuflect to heroes and heroism and has everything it needs to connect with the resurgence of patriotism after Sept. 11.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
This also is the rare combat movie that deals substantially with mourning widows on the home front.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The writer-director bestows honor -- generously, apolitically -- not only on the dead and still living American veterans who fought in Ia Drang, but also on their families, on their Vietnamese adversaries, and on the families of their adversaries too.
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70

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The battle, expertly shot by Dean Semler, captures the chaos of guerrilla warfare paralleled in "Black Hawk Down" and gives the film a scarring documentary realism.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
One admires Wallace's intentions while despairing at his execution. Yet as clumsily directed as his film is, it inspires compassion for Moore, his men and their foes. And in that, there is merit.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
While the movie is dreadfully clumsy or sentimental around the edges, there's no denying the strength of Mr. Gibson's performance or the power of the savage combat, a 90-minute sequence that's even more graphic than the horrific firefight in Somalia in "Black Hawk Down."
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65 out of 100
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