Tears of the Sun
Tears of the Sun (2003)

A career soldier is forced to choose between following orders and saving lives in this action thriller. Lt. A.K. Waters (Bruce Willis) is a veteran Navy SEAL whose commander (Tom Skerritt) has given his team a special assignment. A Central… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 7, 2003
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2003
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tries to be high-minded, but in the end, it's just a stylish action movie.

Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

Will a thinking audience really buy the image of helpless, grateful people bestowing kisses and victory songs upon Willis as the representative of all things American: power, guts, compassion?

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Fuqua ... can stage action, but he can't save a trivializing, reactionary script featuring a Hollywood star (read America) as a global savior.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Shamelessly one-sided with cheesy wooden dialogue.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Deserves the bad reviews and the lackluster earnings it has accumulated thus far.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

This Black Hawk Down theft is a trial by cliché.

Rob Gonsalves

The movie regales us with the heroics of a (mostly) white American platoon picking off anonymous black savages.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Raping and pillaging and blowing things up is mainly what this movie is about, although it claims to show how the most robotic, dehumanized soldiers can be transformed by human suffering.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

In a movie with so much graphic suffering by innocent Africans, it's a bit disconcerting that so much loving attention is paid to Bruce Willis's anguished mug.

Scott Weinberg

A huge screaming bore of a war flick with a big plate of pretentiousness on the side.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
"<b>Tears of the Sun</b> is one of those films that left me feeling gutted after seeing it. It's been a while since a film has left me… More
Manu Gino
He was trained to follow orders. He became a hero by defying them. Saw it again after a long time without seeing it, I really didn't remember exactly what… More
xGary Xx
An American military unit is dispatched to extract a doctor and US national from a civil war torn region of Africa and is pursued relentlessly to the border by… More
Alex roy
Tears of the Sun is one of the worst action war films that I have seen. The film suffers from a poorly constructed plot. Director Antoine Fuqua's direction… More
Edward Boxler
There's a lot to admire about Antoine Fuqua's Tears of the Sun amidst the "Ra Ra America" sentiment, and the weak storyline about a hard as… More
Jim Careter
To be honest, I can barely remember anything about this film, but what i do remember, it was pretty boring.