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Based on 39 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A film of awesome power and blistering provocation. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    As painstaking as a documentary but without the satisfaction of a documentary or the impact of a drama. show more

  • 100
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It is one of the year's best films and perhaps the finest modern film about World War II. show more

  • 80
    Wall Street Journal

    The cheap perfume of sentimentality wafts through the closing moments of Flags of Our Fathers. It's all the more noticeable for having been avoided so well and so long. Mr. Eastwood knows that sort of thing doesn't mix with the stench of war. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    In the film, the music, beginning with a muted a cappella ballad, is from Eastwood himself. show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Eastwood's sepia-toned combat scenes are as graphic, if not quite as jolting, as those in "Ryan." And without a Tom Hanks-size star in the cast, "Flags" is not likely to do "Ryan's" blockbuster business. But "Flags," a true story directed by someone with far more faith in the audience's ability to empathize, is the better movie. show more

  • 100
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers does a most difficult and brave thing and does it brilliantly. It is a movie about a concept. Not just any concept but the shop-worn and often wrong-headed idea of "heroism." show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Eastwood’s two-film project is one of the most visionary of all efforts to depict the reality and meaning of battle. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    This is a powerful, important and, in the end, profoundly poignant movie dedicated to the lives of men and women who fight wars and shoulder the burden of becoming "heroes" to help the rest of us make sense of what remains incomprehensible. show more

  • 100
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Beach ("Windtalkers") gives a tremendously moving, Oscar-caliber performance as Hayes, portrayed by Tony Curtis in an earlier movie and celebrated in a song performed by both Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. show more

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