Act of Valor
Act of Valor (2012)

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood's history. A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 24, 2012
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's undeniably reverent of the real-life heroes in its cast, but Act of Valor lets them down with a clichéd script, stilted acting, and a jingoistic attitude that ignores the complexities of war.

Derek Adams
Time Out

'Act of Valor' reeks of military-sanctioned exploitation drama aimed solely at the 'Call of Duty' set.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

I don't know what to make of Act of Valor. It's like reviewing a recruiting poster.

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Sr. Rose Pacatte
National Catholic Reporter

I understand the film, but I didn't like it because it felt like a snow job to me, a recruitment movie.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Fighting is a learned skill; so is acting. And the SEAL stars are plausible only when on maneuvers - performing as their own stunt doubles.

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Richard Roeper

The special ops missions are pretty amazing, but the SEALS as dramatic characters are under-developed.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

'U.S. Navy SEALS in combat are far more than anything Hollywood could ever write,' said co-director Mike McCoy. The real SEALS in 'Act of Valor' demonstrate this to be true.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

When the bullets are flying, Act of Valor is undeniably tense and thrilling.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

One wonders how the movie might have played as pure, unceasing battle scenes, allowing the combat to define the characters; with real soldiers doing the onscreen fighting, something special may well have emerged.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

"Act of Valor" plays out like an extended recruitment commercial.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Dean King
A very interesting idea a film using real Navy Seal's doing action scenes that are like the missions they have done! The action is very good, interesting… More
Mhd Ekrayem
it's just like the video games, and that's what I liked the most, based on true events!! that's what I really doubt it. However, it is a good… More
Lanning : )
Wow, if these "actors" are actual Seals, this is amazing. Very competent in front of the camera, and so real this seems like a documentary. Highly… More
Brian De Guelle
Ultra realistic movie. One for the boys
Nate Zoebl
Hollywood often gets ridiculed for its tenuous connection to reality. I doubt any real U.S. Navy Seals look at 1990's Navy Seals as a paragon of military… More
Everett Johnson
Here is one of the most unique movie experiences to be watched in sometime. "Act of Valor" is a movie starring real life, active-duty U.S. Navy… More