Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor (2001)

Set during the time of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, two childhood friends are caught up in the events that draw the United States into World War II. Together, they enlist in the US Air Force and soon enough they both become… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 25, 2001
DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Pearl Harbor tries to be the Titanic of war movies, but it's just a tedious romance filled with laughably bad dialogue. The 40 minute action sequence is spectacular though.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Pearl Harbor is a blockheaded, hollow-hearted industrial enterprise.

Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

Pearl Harbor is a bomb, make no mistake. But the movie is such a noisy, persistent bomb that it is guaranteed to draw a crowd.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a typically bloated Michael Bay production that squanders its few positive attributes over the course of a ludicrously padded-out running time...

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

The best way to see the movie is as I did: expecting nothing and being pleasantly surprised, and strangely moved, by Mr. Bay's audacity in filming his lovers in end-of-the-world close-ups, however briefly.

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David Germain
Associated Press

For all the 118 actors listed, the movie offers almost no sense of authentic humanity. The faces the filmmakers plaster on their characters are as flat and stereotyped as those on war-recruitment posters.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A tepid, wannabe-Titanic love story, under the stewardship of a man whose career has ranged from the emotional depth of an 11-year-old boy all the way up to a 13-year-old boy.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The effect of watching a Michael Bay film is indistinguishable from having a large, pointy lump of rock drop on your head. His new picture, Pearl Harbor, maintains the mood.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Leave it to Bay and Bruckheimer to reduce one of America's biggest military tragedies into a three-hour avalanche of Kodak moments, and one of America's defining crises into a facile exercise in fake uplift.

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Emanuel Levy
Screen International

As impressive as the physical verisimilitude is, it only accentuates the contrast with the banalities of a script that lacks any fully developed characters.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
Just fast forward to the Pearl Harbor scene, because the action is pretty good. The rest of the film is a throwaway soap opera with terribly cheesy dialogue.
Tyler Robertson
This is not a movie about Pearl Harbor. It's a movie about a sappy romance that happens to take place during the attack on Pearl Harbor. I don't even… More
Film Crazy
Well i dont know why its so liked, i for once agree with the critics as this was just a boring terrrible movie, the attack on Pearl Harbour itself was atleast… More
Albert Kim
Michael Bay is gay. Direct quote: -Ben Affleck: "You are so beautiful it hurts" -Kate Beckinsale: "It's your nose that hurts" -Ben… More
Eliza Norton
Just two words: Unconvincing acting
Jameson Worley
An okay film! The love story adds nothing whatsoever, but the battle sequences are stunning. It's disappointing because scenes like that deserve to be in a… More