The Great Raid
The Great Raid (2005)

John Dahl directed this war drama based on the true story of one of the most daring military actions of World War II. In the waning days of World War II, General Douglas MacArthur chose to make good on a pledge that he made in 1942 -- that… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 12, 2005
DVD Release Date: December 20, 2005
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Critic Score: 37% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though the climax of the film -- the actual raid -- is exciting, the rest of it is bogged down in too many subplots and runs on for too long.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

While one might have wished for a better movie, and a few smarter decisions regarding the screenplay, generally it's a riveting, even inspirational account of an American feat of arms about which few know but about which many more should.

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Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle

The story line is telegraphed from word one and the meticulous unfolding plot plods ahead inexorably without the slightest bit of suspense.

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Cole Smithey

Undeveloped secondary characters and awkward pacing thwarts the movie from achieving its '60s war film ethos similar to "The Great Escape."

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Feels less like a rousing action adventure than a military-sponsored lesson in invincible patriotic payback.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

This smart, unhurried drama plays out like a retro version of Saving Private Ryan.

Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics

Instead of a tribute to a fine chapter in the annals of the Greatest Generation, we have a second-rate romance right out of a cheesy, pulp fiction novel.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Dahl's approach may be somewhat pedestrian, but he tells his story clearly and with few unnecessary detours.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A great story filled with real heroics deserves better than this.

Lewis Beale
Film Journal International

A well-produced, rousing feature based on one of those forgotten World War II episodes that make for great cinema.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Terrible, sappy, made-for-TV quality. This film is beneath the caliber of the actors in it and almost trivializes the participants in the real-life event.
Al S
A stunning and triumphant action-packed adeventure. Powefrul and herioc. A truly effective story. One of the finest war films since Saving private Ryan.… More
Cynthia S.
Now don't get me wrong this is not Private Ryan,Schindlers list, or Bridge on the River Kwai. What the movie is is a good, true story about a small raid in… More
Chris Browning
The film tries to diverge into three different story arcs and while in the hands of capable director's would be a feasible mission, here it really… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Although this movie has received criticism for its stereotypical and possibly xenophobic depiction of the Japanese treatment of allied POW's in the second… More
Erin Collins
Pretty good, but a little long. Decent cast. Not the best war movie I've ever seen, but it told a good story.

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