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The Alamo Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    47

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

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

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    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?

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Never harmonizes into a cinematic experience any more resonant than the average, manly, why-we-fight pic, or coalesces into a stirring cry for freedom.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

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

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

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

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Doesn't work despite Thornton's top performance.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has intense battle violence with many deaths. Everyone in the Alamo is killed (made clear at the very beginning of the movie). Characters drink and smoke and use some strong language, including insults like "catamite" that might be unfamiliar to today's audiences. There is a sexual situation with a hint of coercion. A character refuses to free his slave, saying, "You're my property until I die."

  • Families can talk about why it made such a difference when Travis picked up the cannonball. What did Travis mean when he said, "Texas has been a second chance for me. We will sell our lives dearly?" Why didn't Travis and Bowie get along? How did Crockett's understanding of what he represented to his fans affect his decision about how to respond? How did the white and non-white characters see their priorities differently? How does this story relate to current conflicts in Israel, Iraq, and Afghanistan?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: There is definitely a sense of national pride in this film, but considering the complicated political context of The Alamo it should be viewed with the intention for discussion.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Intense battle violence. Everyone in the Alamo is killed.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual situation, not explicit but with an implication of coercion.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking.

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