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Based on 38 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    The brave men who fought and perished at the Alamo believed fervently in their cause. For The Alamo to work, the audience must believe as well. That never really happens. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Thornton is excellent and now seems genetically incapable of being anything less than great in any role he takes. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A misshapen semi-spectacle that seems to be simulating an epic, and getting away with it only occasionally. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Except for a handful of scenes, Hancock's film isn't good enough to be memorable. Neither is it bad enough to be entirely forgettable. It's just one of those compromised movies that makes one look forward to the director's cut. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Alamo buffs will be delighted, and everyone else will be treated to something that feels like Old Hollywood crossed with new sensibilities. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A respectable and at times an exciting film that should appeal to males of all ages, history buffs and -- yes, it's inevitable -- patriots. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It somehow succeeds in taking those pop-culture brand names like Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie and giving them human form. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The real struggle in The Alamo is between historic revisionism and Hollywood notions of sacrifice, and it's not much of a contest: Hollywood wins, as it did in John Wayne's sprawling, factually spurious 1960 film. show more

  • 50
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    A professionally made movie, just not an essential one. There's little fresh or provocative here, and if you can't be shaken by this story, why bother? show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Thornton lends gravity, focus and humor that are otherwise in short supply in this serious-minded but meandering, talky and action-deficient epic. show more

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