“"Glory, I Feel, Wasn't Made To Entertain. It Was Made To Allow Us To Understand The Sacrifices And Achievements Of The 54th Regiment, And It Succeeds."”
“The Best Civil War Movie And Possibly The Only Best To Date”
This is a good, moving, complicated film.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
It's hard not to get carried along.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
A strong and valuable film.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A pretty watchable and always interesting period film, well photographed by English cinematographer Freddie Francis.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
A stirring and long overdue tribute to the black soldiers who fought for the Union cause in the Civil War.
Variety Staff - Variety
Generally engrossing and always well-acted.
John Hartl - Film.com
Glory is, without question, one of the best movies ever made about the American Civil War.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
It is the movie's often awesome imagery and a bravely soaring choral score by James Horner that transfigure the reality, granting it the status of necessary myth.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
Matthew Broderick [is] catastrophically miscast as Shaw.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Excellent Civil War movie for mature teens.
Charles Cassady - Common Sense Media
Exceptionally well-rendered and emotive war drama.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
A visceral, astounding war film, intelligently told.
Dean Essner - Film4
one of the great war films and perhaps the greatest film ever made about the American Civil War
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
In its broad strokes, Glory gets at the spirit of a group of previously unsung black heroes, and the filmmaking is of a high caliber. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Still one of the best war epics ever made, with all around fantastic performances...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Film Threat
The stark clarity of Freddie Francis' cinematography combined with Zwick's intimate style evokes immediacy and fear.
Dean Essner - Time Out
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
One of the best films ever made
Clint Morris - Film Threat
James Plath - Reel.com
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Joshua Tanzer - Offoffoff
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Spence D. - IGN Movies
The lasting power of the [film]... rests in the emotional connection to the characters .
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
[A] fabulous historical re-creation.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
An enlightening and entertaining tribute to heroes too long forgotten.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Offers a fascinating look at a little known aspect of the Civil War
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Blake French - NutzWorld
This is a fine film.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Broderick is perhaps a tad miscast, but Denzel absolutely justifies that first Oscar
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
A touching burst of patriotism; with wonderful performances by Washington and Broderick. A film worthy of remembering and repeated viewing.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
An absolutely phenomenal war movie.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
The central drama ... is formulaic, despite great subject matter.
Richard Natale - Movieline
Are you sure you're not cutting Glory too much slack because of the educational subject matter at hand?
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
One of the greatest films ever made.
Andrew Howe - eFilmCritic.com
Big in scope, powerful in its storytelling drama, yet intimate in its character and relationship development.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The finest Civil War film (and one of the finest war films period) that I have ever seen.
James Brundage - Filmcritic.com
One of the best Civil War films ever made.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews