Gods and Generals Reviews

  • A trial to sit through: stiff, ponderous, fluttering in its 'poetry,' and crudely simplistic as an apologia for the Confederate ideology.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • A lumpy three-and-a-half-hour glob of Civil War history.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • Incredibly boring and badly acted.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Bad actors or normally competent ones (Jeff Daniels, Stephen Lang) serve up stilted deliveries of stilted dialogue in a near-flashback to the filmstrips we used to see in school.

    Mike Clark — USA Today

  • One doesn't come away from it with any sense of what the victory cost in human terms or what it's like to face a rank of men shooting at you, or to jam a bayonet into somebody's guts or have one jammed into your guts.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • A viewing of this epic is likely to leave all but the geekiest Civil War buffs feeling as itchy and as restless as if they themselves were wearing woolen underwear -- soggy, unwashed, vintage 1860s, government-issue woolen underwear.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • An inert pageant of waxen figures that fails completely as drama even as it insults the sensibilities of anyone not clinging to rosy memories of the slave-era South.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Ballooning, jingoistic goat spoor.

    Michael Atkinson — Village Voice

  • Despite boring patches, this $56 million epic is a noble effort.

    Jane Sumner — Dallas Morning News

  • The kind of movie beloved by people who never go to the movies, because they are primarily interested in something else -- the Civil War, for example -- and think historical accuracy is a virtue instead of an attribute.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The movie we see here, though admirable in parts, is numbing as a whole.

    Michael Wilmington — Chicago Tribune

  • Maxwell continues his textbook emphasis on military maneuvers, but despite literally thousands of Civil War reenactors recruited for the film, the wide-screen canvas fails to map the tactics or evoke the terror of battle.

    Bill Stamets — Chicago Reader

  • It may not be the worst war epic ever made -- that probably would be Battlefield Earth -- but it's darn close to being an unqualified disaster of that magnitude.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • On the big screen ... Gods and Generals plays woefully stiff, hampered by the breadth of its source material and the reams of exposition required to explain the action.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • A technically proficient but emotionally vacuous historical pageant.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • American history transformed into a museum movie, consistently making the flawed human characters at the heart of the Civil War into flawless figures Olympian in their statuesque remoteness.

    Robert Koehler — Variety

  • It is so lacking in flesh-and-blood characters, so unclear in its depiction of battles like Bull Run, and so nauseating in its gruesome sentimentality that it is all but unwatchable.

    Jonathan Foreman — New York Post

  • Maxwell, a TV movie director with no ear for dialogue that isn't over the top and no eye for the sort of visual poetry these stories demand, is plainly not up to the job.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • It was made strictly by and for Civil War buffs who insist that every pious speech and every skirmish is worthy of filming, even if the end result suffers from serious battle fatigue.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • General Boredom meets Major Tedium on the Civil War fields of Virginia.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

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