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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"A carefully conceived, dramatically honorable picture that treats its subject with clarity and intelligence, especially by contemporary standards."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"I wasn't particularly moved or riveted with suspense."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Military drama deploys plenty of violence, swearing."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Denzel Washington reinforces his image as a serious leading man who dominates a film with his quiet intensity and aura of introspection."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Excellent military mystery. Rashomon style point of view play."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
"As the detective-story flashback structure gets under way, what initially seemed adherence to dramatic and moral cliché becomes more complex and interesting."
‑ , Time Out
"A fascinating mystery mixed with war action."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Denzel Washington gives as fine a performance as I have seen him give."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Underrated war flick with a surprisingly effective performance by Meg Ryan"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Washington's inherent gravity anchors his troubled and troublesome character, and Ryan, whom we'd all but written off as a perpetual pom-pom girl, takes on an atypical role and acquits herself, well, honorably."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Despite its underlying predictability, Courage Under Fire manages warmth, intelligence and a healthy share of surprises."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"A provocative film with Oscar caliber performances. (published 7-19-96)"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"When [Washington's] long pent-up emotions finally break through the surface, the result is at once exhilarating and heartbreaking."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"For Meg Ryan this was opportunity to shed her image of romantic comedies queen and play some serious role for a change."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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