Act of Valor Reviews

  • When the bullets are flying, Act of Valor is undeniably tense and thrilling.

    Chris Nashawaty — Entertainment Weekly

  • Unsurprisingly, the finished product plays like a pumped-up recruitment commercial deemed fit for feature length and multiplex viewing.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • Employing Navy troops as stars is a clever idea for an action thriller. But the soldiers' awkward line readings are glaring enough to distract from the potency of the story.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The exercises are genuine, and so is the hardware. But the script undermines the sense of authenticity at every turn.

    Mark Jenkins — Washington Post

  • "Act of Valor'' is a roller-coaster ride.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • The villains come across as individuals rather more compellingly than do the film's ostensible heroes, mostly mouthpieces for warrior credo recited in voiceover.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • A big-screen recruitment film infused with a hero worship SEALs typically shun.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The movie doesn't pretend to be anything but propaganda, a modern-day cousin to the morale-boosting documentaries made by John Huston and Frank Capra during World War II.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Act of Valor is designed to... fill your heart with patriotic respect ... and completely shut off any part of your brain that may dare to ask bigger questions about what you're watching and why.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • We don't get to know the characters as individuals, they don't have personality traits, they have no back stories, they don't speak in colorful dialogue, and after the movie you'd find yourself describing events but not people.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Act of Valor" plays like a highly favorable SEALs tribute placed atop a vaguely bogus storyline.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • You know who you're supposed to be rooting for because they're the ones wearing uniforms, but it's easy to lose touch with why.

    David Hiltbrand — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • I think these real-life action heroes deserve a better movie. So does the audience.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • While the intentions behind "Act of Valor" are sterling, the story could have been told better. One wishes the filmmakers had trusted it to professional actors, who might have more fully realized the material.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • A mechanically efficient yet soulless dramatization of the U.S. Navy SEALs in action.

    Robert Koehler — Variety

  • Refreshing as it is to see the military portrayed as something other than a band of neurotics and creeps, there's a reason this brand of rah-rah and bang-bang didn't outlast the age of Whitesnake and Marty McFly.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • While subtleties and pacing are MIA, the filmmakers know how to shoot action and they make the most of it in Act of Valor.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • Although the Seals continue in fine form, the co-directors seem fatigued from the journey, allowing their once-clean style to degenerate into a typical mishmash of clutter and bombast.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • There's something old-fashioned and a little refreshing about a movie that unabashedly represents its protagonists as heroes, but it gets in the way of seeing the SEALs in Act of Valor as real people.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • The merging of dramatic re-creations and on-camera "performances" proves less seamlessly executed than those masterfully coordinated land, sea and air missions.

    Michael Rechtshaffen — Hollywood Reporter

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