Men of Honor
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This military drama is based on the true story of Carl Brashear, who was the first African-American to serve as a diver in the United States Navy. Brashear (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) was born to a poor farming family in the deep South, and joined the Navy in hopes of bettering himself. When Brashear applies for diving school, he first encounters Master Chief Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro), a gruff and tyrannical diving instructor who holds absolute sway over his charges. Sunday does little at first to encourage Brashear's ambitions, and the would-be diver discovers racism in the military… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

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"This seaman's tale languishes in shallow waters."
‑ Robert Cashill, Newsweek
"If you can live with a certain by-the-numbers approach, this [movie] is a rousing one."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Brashear is all sheer determination and nothing else, displaying none of the vulnerability that would make him into a believable human being."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"...a well-made throwback to the days of old, when telling a story was what mattered; not special effects or flashy editing."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"a pair of potentially fascinating characters at its core, two wonderful actors in the lead roles and a boatload of good intentions. So why does this telling of the life of Carl Brashear seem enervated rather than invigorating?"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"With every dramatic scene and turn of phrase molded by a formulaic, Screenwriting 101 mentality, it's pure Hollywood pap."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"inspirational message plays well to mainstream audiences"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Strangled with formula."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"An unfortunately sappy telling of a truly amazing story."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"There's nothing in this movie you haven't seen 12 times before."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The movie is an old-fashioned biopic, and I mean that as a compliment."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Stirring story--may be appropriate for some teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The decision to shift some of the attention to De Niro's character...dilutes the power of Brashear's fascinating life story."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"The performances, especially De Niro's quiet rage, occasionally lift Men of Honor above its predictability"
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"It holds few surprises, but it's just the ticket if you're in the mood for two hours of proudly traditional entertainment."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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