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Gods and Generals Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Bloodless and false.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

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

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

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

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

Meticulous Civil War story runs a little long.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has sustained battle violence and bloody scenes of caring for wounded soldiers. Many characters die.

  • Families can talk about the way that more than 160 years later, people in the United States still disagree about the causes and effects of the Civil War (which some still call the War Between the States). What did the soldiers on both sides have in common? What were their differences? Given what is going on in the world right now, what did we learn?

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Intense battle violence, bloody surgical scenes

  • sex false0

    Sex: None

  • language false0

    Language: None

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Smoking, social drinking