Flags of Our Fathers
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the non-fiction book Flags of Our Fathers concerns the lives of the men in the famous picture of soldiers raising the American flag over Iwo Jima during that historic WWII battle. Battle scenes are… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 20, 2006
DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Flags of Our Fathers is both a fascinating look at heroism, both earned and manufactured, and a well-filmed salute to the men who fought at the battle of Iwo Jima.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Eastwood's two-film project is one of the most visionary of all efforts to depict the reality and meaning of battle.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

[Flags] fits into Eastwood's late-in-life agenda -- to make violence, even in self-defense, seem soul-killing, and to expose the gulf between reality and myth. After this, how can we ever again make our peace with the iconography of war?

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

The corn pone elements begin to stack up -- the swelling strings, the tearful father-son moment, the syrupy voiceover -- and the film starts to resemble an old-fashioned war picture.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Here, the feelings run very deep, and dark as dried blood, with Clint aware that some things don't need to be said and others shouldn't be shown.

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Dana Stevens

It feels disrespectful to say it, but this kind of war movie, like war itself, is starting to feel sickeningly familiar.

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Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Possibly the richest testament Hollywood has yet made about the paroxysm of World War II ... an astounding movie on every level, not the least of which is its common humanity.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Flags of Our Fathers is an accomplished, stirring, but, all in all, rather strange movie.

Tom Charity

The full weight of a lifetime's experience has been brought to bear in the unobtrusive staging, the delicate score (by Eastwood himself), and a thoughtful, honest accounting of World War II's bloodiest and most iconic battle.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Sequences fade into the pack and make it difficult to differentiate one player from the others, much less remember them after the lights go up.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Mission Accomplished. I thought it was pretty damn good. Sometimes Eastwood is most un-subtle, making his points two and three times over - but I was… More
Alex roy
Flags Of Our Fathers is based on the non fiction by the same name by James Bradley. James Bradley's father was one of the men who raised the flag on Mount… More
Jim Hunter
The men who raised the flag over Mount Suribachi become part of the War Department's propaganda machine and are labeled heroes, much to their chagrin. I… More
danny d
a vastly underrated eastwood film. the movie accomplishes its epic stroke, and the often inferior cast that was put together for this film uniformly does some… More
Jim Careter
A true masterpiece this was. Flags of Our Fathers was nothing more than terrific. There were moments when we smiled, teared up, and were in shock. The war… More
Jens S.
Of the two films Eastwood made about the WW2 battle for the pacific this is the American point of view (with Letters from Iwo Jima being the Japanese… More