The Alamo
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The roads cross at San Antonio de Bexar at a small, ruined mission called The Alamo--a place where myth meets history and legend meets reality. In the spring of 1836 nearly 200 Texans--men of all races who believed in the future of Texas--held the fort for thirteen days under siege by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, ruler of Mexico and commander of its forces. Led by three men--the young, brash Colonel William Travis; the violent, passionate James Bowie; and the larger-than-life living legend Davy Crockett--the Texans and their deeds at the Alamo would pass into history as General Sam… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

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"It's dull, talky, and sometimes maudlin."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"With the notable exception of Thornton's Crockett, none of these characters engages you."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Doesn't work despite Thornton's top performance."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Not even good sets, plenty of historical detail, and Billy Bob Thornton can put life into director John Lee Hancock's slow-moving, poorly acted Texan saga."
‑ Betsy Bozdech,
"But is this 'Alamo' the definitive version? No, this is no History Channel presentation."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Thanks to the skills of director and co-screenwriter John Lee Hancock and a deep cast of reliable veterans, this is an authentic and rousing version of the most famous battle in Texas history."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Although handsomely mounted, and boasting some historically immaculate dressing and impressive battle sequences, it's a movie that ultimately can't convincingly get behind the idea of sacrifice."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"This dog of a movie confirms that in 1836 Texas was stolen from Mexico by a bunch of opportunistic bastards whose descendants went on to use similarly underhanded methods to steal the office of the White House in 2000."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Com exceção das performances de Thornton e Quaid, o filme traz caracterizações estereotipadas e freqüentemente se entrega ao sentimentalismo barato."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Like its sets of the Alamo...the movie attempts to do more than is necessary, bogging down in minutiae where traditional facades would have done just as well."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Absorbing yet ever-so-slightly jaundiced retelling."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"It may be history, but it's too meticulous to be believable."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"There are great moments, though it's ultimately a lightweight film and certainly not an Oscar contender."
‑ Russ Breimeier, Christianity Today
"Laborious mush."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"In spite of two great performances, this is a muddled affair."
‑ Will Lawrence, Empire Magazine
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