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The Great Raid Review

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

  • 3.0
    48

    out of 100

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

  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    The main problem? Raid lacks a center. It's an exhausted sprawl with multiple story foci, none of them terribly compelling.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Just about any golden age Hollywood hack could have made a zestier drama about one of the greatest rescue missions in U.S. military history.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    For all its noble intentions, its striving for authenticity, its unblinking look at the savagery of war, The Great Raid is far more dutiful than dramatic.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    The film brings a spectacular but little-known chapter of World War II to the big screen with meticulous attention to period detail -- and almost none to compelling narrative.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Great Raid is perhaps more timely now than it would have been a few years ago, when "smart bombs" and a couple of weeks of warfare were supposed to solve the Iraq situation. Now that we are involved in a lengthy and bloody ground war there, it is good to have a film that is not about entertainment for action fans, but about how wars are won with great difficulty, risk, and cost.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    The action is brilliant, the combat sharp and rattling, and the film follows the historical record more closely than most Hollywood films.

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