We Were Soldiers Synopsis
A lieutenant colonel and approximately 400 U.S. troops battle 2,000 North Vietnamese in 1965.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Five Word Review

By richardmacgurn
EXTREMELY INTENSE AWESOME BATTLE SEQUENCES...

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Rated R | For Language and Graphic War Violence
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