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Gods and Generals
Director Ron Maxwell and producer Ted Turner return to the glory and tragedy of the Civil War in this historical drama, a prequel to Gettysburg, which examines the early days of the conflict through the experiences of three men. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels) left behind a quiet life and a career as a college professor to become one of the Union's greatest military minds. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (Stephen Lang) was, like Chamberlain, a man of great religious faith who served in the defense of the Confederacy. And Gen. Robert E. Lee (Robert Duvall), who led… More
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"Maxwell continues his textbook emphasis on military maneuvers, but despite literally thousands of Civil War reenactors recruited for the film, the wide-screen canvas fails to map the tactics or evoke the terror of battle."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Reader
"It was made strictly by and for Civil War buffs who insist that every pious speech and every skirmish is worthy of filming, even if the end result suffers from serious battle fatigue."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Succumbs to turgidity. And...intentionally or not...conveys the impression that the film uncritically celebrates the Confederacy. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A labour of love with special interest to history buffs, this epic film is extraordinary in many ways."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"You will watch a series of battle re-enactments and wait for a film to break out."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"The procession of monotonous, oddly gore-free battles breaks frequently for bloated speechifying."
‑ , Time Out
"A movie that crams in so many faces, chronological details and endlessly ham-handed stretches of dialogue that the impact of the legitimately moving segments is considerably diminished."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Meticulous Civil War story runs a little long."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The big battles impress, but become somewhat samey. Part Three is threatened."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Every shot is fired in sorrow, and there are no villains - except, of course, for the politicians, who remain safely out of the frame."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"Four hours including the intermission, I felt like I was seeing the Civil War in real time for awhile there."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"It's a plodding, episodic film, reverent and sanctimonious, and its pro-Southern viewpoint -- a time-honored Hollywood tendency -- makes Gone With the Wind look like a Northern polemic."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Everybody is so good and decent that it's hard to tell where the generals leave off and the gods start."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Then there is 'Gods and Generals,' cut from the same production cloth as 'Gettysburg' but a film of very loose ends."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Thinks it is grand without ever being so."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
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