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Based on 31 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 54 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The film collapses because Lee can't sew these vignettes into a seamless tapestry. He's more interested in getting even than he is in getting it right. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The first and most honest thing to say about Miracle at St. Anna is that it's an awful mess. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Aspires to be epic, but mostly it's just unfocused, sprawling and badly in need of editing. show more

  • 10
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Given the importance of that subject, the real mystery of Mr. Lee's movie is why it's so diffuse, dispirited, emotionally distanced and dramatically inert. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Man, oh, man, much of the dialogue is so heavy, and heavy-handed, that you can see fine actors such as Derek Luke and Michael Ealy buckle under the weight. Clearly, Lee fell in love with McBride's words and couldn't bear to cut them, even when the visuals made those words redundant. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Of course the experiences and sacrifices of black troops, which were so often overlooked, should be represented and honored. But because Lee underestimates our desire to do so, the movie that follows doesn't do them justice. show more

  • 30
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Odd too, for a film that wants to correct impression anyone had as to the abilities of black U.S. soldier in combat, are the ethnic cliches about Italians and Germans, to say nothing of rednecks. show more

  • 55
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Even in a film that clocks in at a quasi-epic 2 hours and 40 minutes, that's just too much narrative. And matters aren't helped by the fact that Lee, who has never staged battle sequences before, hasn't quite got the rhythms or camera angles right. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Contains scenes of brilliance, interrupted by scenes that meander. There is too much, too many characters, too many subplots. But there is so much here that is powerful that it should be seen no matter its imperfections. show more

  • 75
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    For all his excesses and wrong turns, Lee has made a grown-up movie with an adult sense of loss and an adult sense of hope. He may be addicted to broad flourishes, but he has the big emotions to back them up. show more

  • December 10, 2008 Chynna
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    This is an amazing movie! I think the critics are too busy focusing on the fact that it's a Spike Lee movie and not on the story itself. Like Malcolm X, this movie was incredible, the actors were amazing, and it was beautifully shot! Spike I'm proud of you and look forward to your next film. Again you do a film that touches our spirit and bring us stories that Hollywood never makes. Hollywood can get the middle finger! I'm tired of watching the movies that depict negative African American images & stereotypes. I've seen those sorry a$$ critics give thumbs up to some of the worst movies ever made! Kick Rocks Hollywood! Spike Lee is the truth! God Bless & keep the movies coming! You'll never be understood as long as minds stay closed.

  • November 03, 2008 Carlos
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    I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I was inspired as an American and African American. If I hadn't been educated prior to the movie, I might have not taken seriously the hardships faced by the soldiers. However, what immediately came to my mind was Mr. Ed Taylor, a veteran of WWII that lived in my neighborhood when I was a boy. For an assignment what I think was the 8th grade, my mother suggested I interview him. He told me himself about his days in Italy, and how white women asked to see his "tail", and the treatment of Black soldiers. I also learned that Mr. Taylor was also a member of the Red Ball Express. Despite movies that depicted the officers as white, it was made up of Black soldiers. Now there's a contradiction played out in the movies. If it hadn't been for Mr. Taylor, I may not have ever known. Thanks Spike for exposing the truth and continuing to educate through facts. Facts that remain, despite how much some of our society wants to hide from them. The TRUTH sets all of us free. The truth is that despite the efforts of both white and blacks in the civil rights movement, RACISM still movies, in federal buildings and institutions, in sports, in housing, etc. I as an African-American want it to be over also, but through truth.

  • October 17, 2008 Musique0147
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    This movie was amazing. The story and the acting were very good. I was surprised on how good this movie turned out.

  • October 12, 2008 Richblacklion
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  • October 11, 2008 SlugChunk
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    An absolut distaster of a movie. It starts off confusing and dosen't get any better. Its sad how Spike Lee tries to make the white captain at the beginngin of the movie look dumb and ignorant and how the spit in his water. It's long and filled with subplots that are hard to undrstand. I had actually got up and left the movie becuase it was so boring and hard to understand just where he was going with this. If you have a problem with what am saying then please email me.

  • October 10, 2008 billlesd
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    This was a compelling and interesting story. The movie runs close to three hours but I felt the time flew by. Its rated R and there is some nudity, so leave the kids at home, this is not for them. The movie does touch on racism which you'd expect in a Spike Lee movie, but I felt it was a necessary part of the story and not all that heavy handed. The actors were good, as were the characterizations. You could relate to these men. . The movie brought home the horror of war as experienced by both soldier and civilian. I am white, but I was totally engrossed by the movie and I recommend it. To all our American soldiers and veterans, of any race, thank you for your service to our country.

  • October 07, 2008 ihve2spk
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    I forgot to rate this!

  • October 07, 2008 Rickeyruff1
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    very good spike. keep up the good work. Did you know your movie was not in all theaters

  • October 06, 2008 MalachyRF
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    what a snoozer i want my money back

  • October 06, 2008 seeitreviewit
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    WOW, only the second movie in my life I have ever walked out of... If you are in the mood for some good ol' fashioned racism, this is your movie. if not, see something else. If you enjoy bad acting, this is your movie, if not, see something else. And as far as the story goes, I agree with another reviewer that the main characters never seem concerned about being surrounded by Germans, they are much more concerned with discussing how "The white man don't care about you!" Maybe I was naive, but I thought this was a film about some solders sacrifices during war time. I was wrong


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