Pearl Harbor (Film) Review

Pearl Harbor

Released: 25th May 2001
Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Sizemore
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 99

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.

Todd McCarthy (Variety) said:
"The bombs explode brilliantly but the story is a bust in "Pearl Harbor.""
Derek Adams (Time Out) said:
"This bunk is history."
Peter Bradshaw (Guardian [UK]) said:
"Affleck, Hartnett and Beckinsale give performances of such somnambulist awfulness that the three of them achieve an almost zen-like state of woodenness."
David Hunter (Hollywood Reporter) said:
"Mostly tests one's patience with unseaworthy dialogue and performers drowning in oily cliches."
Richard Schickel (TIME Magazine) said:
"The net result of this mighty effort is perhaps predictable: near total inconsequence."
Adam Smith (Empire Magazine) said:
"A thoroughly well-built dramatic actioner."
Neil Smith (BBC) said:
"For sheer eye-popping spectacle, makes Titanic look like a kiddies' bath toy."
J. Hoberman (Village Voice) said:
"Hollow tubthumper."
(USA Today) said:
"One of the wimpiest wartime romances ever filmed."
Stephanie Zacharek ( said:
"Such a bloodless picture that it neither insults nor honors the memory of these soldiers."


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