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Based on 29 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    What the filmmakers fail to recognize is that history on the page is quite different from what it needs to be onscreen, namely alive and visceral. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a plodding, episodic film, reverent and sanctimonious, and its pro-Southern viewpoint -- a time-honored Hollywood tendency -- makes "Gone With the Wind" look like a Northern polemic. show more

  • 38
    Mike Clark USA Today

    You don't envy the three soldiers who get shot for desertion, but you do identify with their desire to flee. show more

  • 38
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    It may not be the worst war epic ever made - that probably would be "Battlefield Earth" -- but it's darn close to being an unqualified disaster of that magnitude. show more

  • 25
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Turner's guileless amateurism stands in refreshing contrast to the rest of the performances -- stilted, self-conscious and sleep-inducing -- that fill this tedious 3-1/2-hour marathon, the Civil War in real time. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Has the unfortunate effect of overtipping the dramatic scales in favor of the Southern generals and turning almost everybody into waxen idols who spout flowery rhetoric. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    If ever there was a movie that could cause even the most restless sleeper to fall into a deep slumber, this is it. show more

  • 50
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    As dry as a high school history book, solemn as a funeral service, humorless as a Politburo meeting, bloated as a waterlogged corpse and unbalanced as a bout between a debutante and a sumo wrestler. show more

  • 38
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The kind of movie beloved by people who never go to the movies, because they are primarily interested in something else--the Civil War, for example--and think historical accuracy is a virtue instead of an attribute. show more

  • 38
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    General Boredom meets Major Tedium on the Civil War fields of Virginia. show more

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