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Based on 34 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 112 )
  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    I don't know what to make of Act of Valor. It's like reviewing a recruiting poster. show more

  • 50
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    For what it is, it's well done, well filmed, well outfitted with ordnance and, well, exciting. However, in script, characters and plot, Act of Valor offers only the barest minimum. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Employing Navy troops as stars is a clever idea for an action thriller. But the soldiers' awkward line readings are glaring enough to distract from the potency of the story. show more

  • 38
    David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer

    The problem is that these stoic warriors infect Act of Valor with more wooden acting than you'd see at a ventriloquism school. show more

  • 20
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Act of Valor is like watching the wrestlers in dramas produced by the WWE: They're great at what they do, but being in front of the camera isn't part of that. show more

  • 60
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Although the film has its undeniably immersive, convincing moments, the merging of dramatic re-creations and on-camera "performances" proves less seamlessly executed than those masterfully coordinated land, sea and air missions. show more

  • 35
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    The plot might be summed up this way: America's having a war, and everybody's invited! show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Peculiarly entertaining exercise in bare-bones, Hollywood-style action heroism. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Act of Valor is gift-wrapped in patriotism. It was once intended as a recruitment film, and that's how it plays. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The best I can say is that I was never bored, although I was never overwhelmed, either. There are enough small things to keep it interesting even when many of the big things fail. show more

  • January 28, 2013 Stand & See GOD
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    I just tried to leave a review... Not sure it rated. This was a great movie. Not our usual Hollywood fare. War is tough, and our military are amazing. Thank you for your sacrifices, thank you for our freedoms. God bless you and God bless America! This movie is NOT for children.

  • November 14, 2012 bige12891
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    Some people think that this movie shouldn’t get 5 stars and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. As for me I thoroughly enjoyed the movie maybe it’s because I like military video games and movies but this movie which is portrayed by real SEALs out did my expectations. The acting was average from the SEALs but, give them a break they aren’t going to acting school and they aren’t the tom hanks/ tom cruise of our generation. They are strictly trained to fulfill any mission on their plate. I for one really didn’t care for the acting. The fighting scenes were breathtaking because you really get to see similar situation missions that are overseas in Iraq and in Afghanistan. The weapons and explosions that the military are only required to have its good to see how they are actually used and get a sense of what the soldiers go through on a regular basis. Seeing this film makes me appreciate every solider that’s fought in war and put their lives on t

  • July 09, 2012 qu00000000127342
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    good movie

  • June 09, 2012 jackd1207
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    Well done! It\'s refreshing to see a movie wherein the United States isn\'t evil, and our armed forces are actually a force for good. It was easy for me to accept the fact that many of the characters weren\'t played by professional actors and I was able to lower my bar of expections on the delivery of their lines so that it wasn\'t a distraction. If you are able to do the same you will enjoy the movie much more.

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  • March 30, 2012 simple0123
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    Action on a realistic and easy to believe scale. Wow!!!

  • March 28, 2012 we00000000118087
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    Good action scene(s), bad acting, drags at points. I didnt love it, but loved it at the same time.

  • March 27, 2012 bill3fish
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    Great movie, interesting, spell binding, riveting, good filming; sound is clear and one can understand the actors talking.

  • March 26, 2012 gwal61a
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  • March 21, 2012 nq00000000117645
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    This was the best movie that is related to the U.S Army that i ever watched. I recommend watching this movie because it shows the importance of the Armies that we have and the Acts Of Valor that people do for us and helps us appreciate things a little more.

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