Whether its passion is faked or real is impossible to tell because it is expressed with such pulp-fiction gusto.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Harlin's roots show throughout the picture, as he films real-life horrors with a bombast better suited to summer entertainment.
John DeFore - Washington Post
Had it rejected the genre's romantic trappings and false heroics more consistently, the movie might've been worth the ride.
Mark Holcomb - Village Voice
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
An action movie scarcely deeper than a Michael Bay extravaganza.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A hell-on-earth thriller that makes valiant gestures toward geopolitical savvy but gets bushwhacked by vet helmer Renny Harlin's weakness for the Rambo-esque.
John Anderson - Variety
Should appeal more to those who like to watch stuff blow up than understand exactly why the carnage is transpiring.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The plot is culled from a variety of "war is hell but I'm covering it anyway" journalist-in-the-field movies but handled with cliched clumsiness in a script by David Battle and doctored by Finnish writer Mikko Alanne.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Harlin's film begins with the familiar adage that truth is the first casualty of war. Usually that phrase precedes an attempt to revive the patient, not bury it deeper in the rubble of propaganda.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Flimsy dramatization of Russia/Georgia conflict fails both as historical re-enactment and as action-flick thrill ride.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
...an aggressively unwatchable piece of work that trivializes its searing subject matter...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Opening with the oft-quoted statement "The first casualty of war is truth," 5 Days of War should have heeded its own warning.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Harlin made a wise decision to use Checco Varese as his Director of Photography. As a veteran news cameraman, he has a wealth of experience shooting war zones which translated brilliantly to this film.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"5 Days of War" is an action-packed and tense story of a handful of ultra-heroic war correspondents who risk their lives to tell the truth.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
[Presents] its protagonist journalists as ill-defined types performing heroic daring-do and the Georgian refugees taken under their wing as a plot device.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
One can imagine a powerful film being made using the brief 2008 'war' as a backdrop. Unfortunately, this isn't it.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Basically 5 Days of War is a popcorn movie for people itching to hate Russians again.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
5 Days of war seems like an eternity if you are in the audience.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
Rob Hunter - Film School Rejects
Harlin manages to summarize the intensity of combat and the despair of conflict. Despite its many flaws, "5 Days of War" retains a visceral punch. A shame it doesn't have much of a brain.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
As propaganda, 5 Days Of War is unlikely to make a mark, though perhaps the idea of reaching people through would-be blockbusters will.
Alison Willmore - AV Club
A finely realized depiction of war today and of the civilians who suffer the not always 'collateral' consequences.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
The low-budget movie, set during Russia's 2008 invasion of Georgia, is neither innovative nor profound, but it is kinetic, visceral and sometimes moving.
Mark Jenkins - NPR
Would-be serious treatment of war is lethally undermined by director Renny Harlin's ham-fisted, exploitative approach.
David Noh - Film Journal International
Renny Harlin used to make ridiculous movies involving pirates or Sylvester Stallone; now he makes ridiculous movies about Putin's 2008 invasion of the country of Georgia.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
The drama is satisfying and the message is pertinent, making 5 Days of War a worthy alternative to all the mindlessness on offer this blockbuster season.
Paj Sandhu - Moviedex
If 5 Days of War is any indication, Renny Harlin is looking to hoist himself up from the bottom of the barrel using the Blood Diamond template.
Jaime N. Christley - Slant Magazine
A pro-Georgian, anti-Russian war movie with lots of action.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
It masquerades as an underdog story about journalists who cut through the fog of war, but it's patronising enough to think we won't notice the cliches and simplifications.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
This tribute to news journalists manages to pack in a few cliches, but director Renny Harlin has always been good with action, and the action scenes here are scarily effective.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
While it's let down by its reliance on action genre cliches, this remains compelling and thought-provoking throughout.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
I think this is sort of quite an impressive film and it just sort of makes you angry all over again about this sort of unfairness of the politics in the world.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
The film is stirring and moving and occasionally harrowing, needless to say, and it achieves its objective of powerfully documenting a short span of history that must not be overlooked
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile