Black Hawk Down
Black Hawk Down (2001)

A quickly forgotten chapter in United States military history is relived in this harrowing war drama from director Ridley Scott, based on a series of Philadelphia Inquirer articles and subsequent book by reporter Mark Bowden. On October… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 11, 2002
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it's light on character development and cultural empathy, Black Hawk Down is a visceral, pulse-pounding portrait of war, elevated by Ridley Scott's superb technical skill.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

I also don't know how well this 2001 drama represents the events of October 3 and 4, 1993, though I can see that it represents them in a realist vein, referring to other war movies without becoming frivolous.

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Time Out

[Scott] does a reasonable job sketching the complicated and contradictory political context, but attempts to bring in the odd Somali perspective are grossly inadequate.

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It looks fantastic, not least because it boasts helicopter scenes to rival those of Apocalypse Now.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Black Hawk Down makes that point without preachment, in precise and pitiless imagery. And for that reason alone it takes its place on the very short list of the unforgettable movies about war and its ineradicable and immeasurable costs.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A first-rate war movie that presents its subject so horrifyingly well that it doesn't need to probe or preach.

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Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media

Violent depiction of a risky rescue; adults only.

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Todd McCarthy

A relentless immersion in combat strikingly realized but none too pleasurable to sit through.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

[D]efinitely worth seeing for those amazing battle sequences.

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Nick Rogers

No film from the Zeroes - hell, maybe ever - more forcefully imparted the horrors of war as thoroughly, coherently and hauntingly. Even justified wars run rampant with monstrosities, and this showed just how critical camaraderie can be in conquering them.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Letitia Lew
Not just a thoughtless quip-and-rip action blockbuster - decently memorable characters, precise tactical narrative, and a good amount of heart. And… More
Directors Cat
[img][/img] Low on character development but absolutely gigantic on production values and… More
xGary Xx
An American Black Hawk helicopter is shot down during a raid on a Somali warlord in Mogadishu leading to a desperate rescue mission faced with overwhelming… More
Albert Kim
Overrated to the max. A movie that has action throughout the entire movie with no characterization to be found. When soldiers are hurt, they're simply… More
<b>Black Hawk Down</b> is one of the many war films I have watched recently. It too is one of the better one's I have watched. It is packed… More
Jacob Ethington
Absolutely brutal and visceral, this is a film that doesn't pull punches. This film was released the same year that the disaster "Pearl Harbor"… More