We Were Soldiers
We Were Soldiers (2002)

A fact-based tale of men under fire, their common acts of uncommon valor, and their loyalty to and love for one another during one of the most savage military battles in U.S. history. On November 14, 1965, in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: August 20, 2002
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The war cliches are laid on a bit thick, but the movie succeeds at putting a human face on soldiers of both sides in the Vietnam War.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Probably the best thing you can say about We Were Soldiers is that it does justice to an awful conflict.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

As I settled into my World War II memories, I found myself strangely moved by even the corniest and most hackneyed contrivances.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

One of the most violent movies ever released.

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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly

The Vietnam setting looks authentic enough, but the action is as inert and unpersuasive as Gibson's attempt to fashion Bill Mauldin poetry out of his $20-million-plus smirk.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

After suffering through We Were Soldiers, I think I've seen all the war movies I care to endure for quite some time.

Emanuel Levy

The war genre, vigorously energized with Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down, takes several steps backward with this old-fashioned moralistic saga, a tribute not only to the soldiers in combat in Vietnam but also to the homefront.

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David Edelstein

Makes you cry for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who died so pointlessly with Geoghegan. And their orphans.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

By comparison, Oliver Stone's Platoon plays like the experience of a sensibly outraged man worthy of our sympathy.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

I was impressed by Wallace's emphasis of Moore's faith, but the violence struck me as excessive, taking valuable time that could have been used to develop characters.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
"<b>We Were Soldiers</b> is a really well made war movie of the Vietnam War. It's really intense. The action never lets up. There is… More
Alex roy
We Were Soldiers is quite possibly the best Vietnam war film since Platoon. Based on Colonel Harold Moore's, We Were Soldiers Once... And Young. We Were… More
paul oh
Its just so cliche. The action, music, and acting aren't motivating at all. The montage sequences drone on. Its just not that great.
Dean McKenna
Stirring drama depicts, in graphic and heart-wrenching detail, what became the first major encounter between the soldiers of North Vietnam and the United… More
Film Crazy
I didn't like this war movie very much. I'm a huge fan of war movies and there has been some truly amazing , brillant war movies but i don't… More
Conner Rainwater
It's got a decent enough script and cast, the problem is it was too little too late. It relays the same message about Vietnam and brings almost nothing new… More