Behind Enemy Lines
Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

A television commercial for a Sega game system that aired during the 1999 MTV Music Video Awards landed debut director John Moore a gig behind the camera of this military action thriller. Owen Wilson stars as Lt. Chris Burnett, a naval… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 30, 2001
DVD Release Date: April 23, 2002
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Critic Score: 37% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The plot for Behind Enemy Lines is more jingoistic than credible, and the overload of flashy visual tricks makes the action sequences resemble a video game.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The filmmakers do their best to distract us, but eventually it becomes hard to ignore that Behind Enemy Lines is one long chase sequence.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

A piece of junk.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Action movie with intense peril and devastation.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

An old-fashioned game of the cinematic cat-and-mouse, soldier-on-the-run variety.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Pro forma stuff, so much so that you start to wonder why no fetching femme resistance fighter materializes to help the Americans on the ground.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

From its prosaic title to its convenient timeliness, this valentine to U.S. military guys hamstrung by officious NATO bureaucrats could hardly seem less promising

Rex Reed
New York Observer

The only thing certain about Behind Enemy Lines is that Mr. Wilson is in it for the chance to work with Mr. Hackman, and Mr. Hackman is in it for the money.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

This baby comes equipped with all the bells and missiles. Given the standard-issue plot, it's about all it can be.

Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

That's just one of many reasons why I'm reluctant to call Behind the Lines entertainment. Propaganda, MTV-style, might be closer to the truth.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Behind Enemy Lines is a decent action film. The film is a departure for Owen Wilson who has worked exclusively in the comedy genre. Behind Enemy Lines is not a… More
Mike S
No deeper analyze is required as to why this has received such heavy critism. It's naive, stupid and questionably executed. Just take the choice of music… More
Manu Gino
Prepare to cross the line. Very good movie! It's shocking to see Owen Wilson in this film since usually his roles are in comedies but he did quite good as… More
Conner Rainwater
Kind've just an odd casting selection, but it's not as corny as you might expect. The fact that it's Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson makes it… More
Dean McKenna
Superb and touching action-thriller film. The action sequences and visual effects are superb. The missile-jet scene has some of the best surround sound I have… More
Jennifer D
Ah-MAZE-ingly predictable plot. Wow. But it was on AMC and I was battling a migraine. Still, Owen Wilson in a serious role kept me intrigued enough to not turn… More