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Miracle at St. Anna
"Miracle at St. Anna" chronicles the story of four African-American soldiers who are members of the U.S. Army as part of the all-Black 92nd Buffalo Soldier Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy, during World War II. They experience the tragedy and triumph of the war as they find themselves trapped behind enemy lines and separated from their unit after one of them risks his life to save an Italian boy.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

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"Lee is a filmmaker who, through talent, accomplishment, and a constant working of the refs in the Hollywood system, has earned autonomy over his films. I'm all for artistic freedom, but here he could have used a bit of oversight."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"Given the importance of that subject, the real mystery of Mr. Lee's movie is why it's so diffuse, dispirited, emotionally distanced and dramatically inert."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Lee clearly has magical realism, fable, and historical enormity on the brain, and even though he stuffs the film with everything but the proverbial kitchen sink, his ultimate point is anyone's guess"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Takes too long to get to its one moving moment at the end."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The agenda is obvious, but the rage feels justified, and meanwhile Lee gives us a few virtuoso touches."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"It's impressive that a filmmaker of Lee's distinction is willing to continue to push boundaries."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"Overwrought, overproduced, overbusy and overlong, Miracle at St. Anna finally suffers from the worst filmmaking sin of all: the failure of trust, in the story and the audience."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"At 160 minutes, it definitely suffers from Oscar Bloat."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Spike Lee has turned in an odd hybrid of a film--a 160 minute war epic combined with a crime thriller combined with a discourse on civil rights."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"While it does have its weak points, it's held together by its unique angle on the war as well as strong characterization for its central characters."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Clocking in at 160 minutes, this interminable movie comes across like a rough cut. Perhaps Lee believed its length would give it gravitas. The opposite is true."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"[Lee] resorts to many of the same hoary clichés and fantasy situations he so frequently condemns."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Miracle makes a bid for epic status, but Lee throws in more elements - including murder mystery and supernatural fantasy - than the narrative can stand. The two big battle scenes are impressively staged, but the action in between sprawls and stumbles."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"As a theoretical corrective, it's salutary; as a movie, it's a frickin' blooper"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Problematic as a narrative...[but] Lee's simply too smart and talented to make a dismissible film. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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