Courage Under Fire
Courage Under Fire (1996)

A US Army officer, despondent about a deadly mistake he made, investigates a female chopper commander's worthiness for the Medal of Honor.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 5, 2000
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
85%
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User Score
65%



Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An emotional and intriguing tale of a military officer who must review the merits of a fallen officer while confronting his own war demons. Effectively depicts the terrors of war as well as its heartbreaking aftermath.

Variety Staff
Variety

A carefully conceived, dramatically honorable picture that treats its subject with clarity and intelligence, especially by contemporary standards.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

I wasn't particularly moved or riveted with suspense.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Military drama deploys plenty of violence, swearing.

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Time Out

As the detective-story flashback structure gets under way, what initially seemed adherence to dramatic and moral cliché becomes more complex and interesting.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

A fascinating mystery mixed with war action.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Denzel Washington gives as fine a performance as I have seen him give.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Despite its underlying predictability, Courage Under Fire manages warmth, intelligence and a healthy share of surprises.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

At the end of Courage Under Fire, you feel torn between admiration and annoyance with the filmmakers, who take an attention-grabbing premise and skillfully develop it into a conclusion that's pure piffle.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

A provocative film with Oscar caliber performances. (published 7-19-96)

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
the rashomon technique employed by a great director and a wonderful cast, the film was intriguing and the characters compelling. one of washington and zwicks 3… More
Jani H
"Now let's kill 'em all." Edward Zwick, director of top movies like "Glory" and "The Last Samurai", is probably a… More
Anthony Lawrie
Not brilliant. A good cast but no great performances.
Lenny Muggsy
Descent film, good casting (LDP), Meg Ryan not good as a soldier.
Dan Schultz
An extremely well-told story about honor, loyalty, and doing the right thing even when the wrong way is the easiest. Denzel, like always, gives a great… More
Dean McKenna
Magnificent story after the Gulf War where a troubled office must now uncover is the truth about a female pilot could be a hero of the war.

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