Gods and Generals
Gods and Generals (2003)

Director Ron Maxwell and producer Ted Turner return to the glory and tragedy of the Civil War in this historical drama, a prequel to Gettysburg, which examines the early days of the conflict through the experiences of three men. Col. Joshua… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 21, 2003
DVD Release Date: July 15, 2003
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Critic Score: 8% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Filled with two-dimensional characters and pompous self-righteousness, Gods and Generals is a long, tedious sit. Some may also take offense at the pro-Confederate slant.

Bill Stamets
Chicago Reader

Maxwell continues his textbook emphasis on military maneuvers, but despite literally thousands of Civil War reenactors recruited for the film, the wide-screen canvas fails to map the tactics or evoke the terror of battle.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

It was made strictly by and for Civil War buffs who insist that every pious speech and every skirmish is worthy of filming, even if the end result suffers from serious battle fatigue.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Succumbs to turgidity. And...intentionally or not...conveys the impression that the film uncritically celebrates the Confederacy. [Blu-ray]

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Time Out

The procession of monotonous, oddly gore-free battles breaks frequently for bloated speechifying.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

A movie that crams in so many faces, chronological details and endlessly ham-handed stretches of dialogue that the impact of the legitimately moving segments is considerably diminished.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Meticulous Civil War story runs a little long.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Four hours including the intermission, I felt like I was seeing the Civil War in real time for awhile there.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

It's a plodding, episodic film, reverent and sanctimonious, and its pro-Southern viewpoint -- a time-honored Hollywood tendency -- makes Gone With the Wind look like a Northern polemic.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Everybody is so good and decent that it's hard to tell where the generals leave off and the gods start.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Keiko Aya
I sat throw the long nearly 6 hour cut of the film drinking Tea and by the end i only asked "WERE THE FUCK DID MY DAY GO?". Gods and Generals is a… More
Bobby Hobbs
This movie didnt do so well in theaters and I've even heard rumors that they are not making the last movie too the supposed too have been trilogy ,… More
Bruce Bruce
A great Civil War Flim, The scenes are as realistic as its going to get, will teach you much about the civil war that wasn't in those high school books? Do… More
Rico Zamora
THE-WORST-MOVIE-EVER! So long, so boring and bad CG battle sequences. Every-other word is "God" and there's a prayer every five minutes. Oh… More
Curtis Lilly
I do have a problem with this one. IT SUCKS. One of the most boring films in the history of bad boring films.
Cameron Johnson
Finally, the prequel to "Gettysburg" is here, and it only took nine years and a couple of months, which, in all fairness, is about as long it takes to… More