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Based on 19 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    In Washington's haunted eyes, in the stunning cinematography of Roger Deakins (Fargo) that plunges into the mad flare of combat, in the plot that deftly turns a whodunit into a meditation on character and in Zwick's persistent questioning of authority, Courage Under Fire honors its subject and its audience. show more

  • 88
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Denzel Washington is riveting. show more

  • 75
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    A film that wins on 'Courage' of its convictions. {12 July 1996, p. D1] show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    As profound and intelligent as it is moving, and that makes this memorable motion picture one of 1996's best. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The end of the film understandably lays on the emotion a little heavily, but until then Courage Under Fire has been a fascinating emotional and logistical puzzle--almost a courtroom movie, with the desert as the courtroom. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Edward Zwick directed this reasonably thoughtful drama, helped by Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan in the main roles. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    At the end of Courage Under Fire, you feel torn between admiration and annoyance with the filmmakers. show more

  • 80
    TV Guide

    A sober, intelligent drama with surprising integrity. show more

  • 80

    This is - gasp! - a Hollywood movie actually daring to bare its teeth at silly American flag-waving. show more

  • 60
    Michael Dequina Film Threat

    Patrick Sheane Duncan's script deftly weaves together the stories of Serling and Walden, and Zwick remarkably sidesteps the trap of sticky sentiment--an idea further carried forth by Ryan's admirably against-type (and shamefully unsung) performance. show more

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