Flags of Our Fathers
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Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the non-fiction book Flags of Our Fathers concerns the lives of the men in the famous picture of soldiers raising the American flag over Iwo Jima during that historic WWII battle. Battle scenes are intercut with footage of three of the soldiers - played by Ryan Phillipe, Jesse Bradford, and Adam Beach -- who survived the battle going on a goodwill tour of the United States in order to sell war bonds. Many evening they are forced to reenact their famous pose, something each of them finds more and more difficult to do as they suffer from survivor's guilt.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"Eastwood's two-film project is one of the most visionary of all efforts to depict the reality and meaning of battle."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"[Flags] fits into Eastwood's late-in-life agenda -- to make violence, even in self-defense, seem soul-killing, and to expose the gulf between reality and myth. After this, how can we ever again make our peace with the iconography of war?"
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Possibly the richest testament Hollywood has yet made about the paroxysm of World War II ... an astounding movie on every level, not the least of which is its common humanity."
‑ Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"The film strives mightily to make some sort of affecting emotional epic about a bit of history that it itself acknowledges is actually footnote-worthy."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Reminds us of the great damage that can be done to society's most vulnerable by those blustering war mongers who are so very far away from the combat they are inciting."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Here, the feelings run very deep, and dark as dried blood, with Clint aware that some things don't need to be said and others shouldn't be shown."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It feels disrespectful to say it, but this kind of war movie, like war itself, is starting to feel sickeningly familiar."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Sequences fade into the pack and make it difficult to differentiate one player from the others, much less remember them after the lights go up."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The film is confirmation of Paul Haggis's predilection for exploitation and easy sentimentality."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, House Next Door
"carefully dismantling one heroic archetype only to replace it with another, more nuanced one"
‑ Anton Bitel, musicOMH.com
"Flags of Our Fathers is an accomplished, stirring, but, all in all, rather strange movie."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"The full weight of a lifetime's experience has been brought to bear in the unobtrusive staging, the delicate score (by Eastwood himself), and a thoughtful, honest accounting of World War II's bloodiest and most iconic battle."
‑ Tom Charity, CNN.com
"A human-sized contemplation of propaganda and fame"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Witness to a great director's vision being slowly strangled by the work of a hired hack."
‑ Rob Humanick, Stranger Song
"A pretty darn good, but not completely great, war movie that pays overdue homage to the WWII veterans who never made it home."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
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