A grimly competent and stolid and earnest military courtroom drama.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
War is a film that tries to excel on several levels and falls flat on all of them.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
An earnest racial-issues picture that might have gotten respectful critical praise in a different era -- say, the '60s.
Mike Clark - USA Today
You'll get the enjoyable basic minimum. But not a whit more.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
More or less self-destructs in a ridiculous last few minutes when it becomes a noble sacrifice-o-rama.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
The movie gets muted and routine.
Justine Elias - Village Voice
Teetering toward preaching, the film says much about courage, honor, duty and sacrifice, traits common enough in many World War II stories.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
...a work of small pleasures that barely makes it under the wire intact.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
We're situated in that familiar showbiz intersection of Hollywood and Rhine.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
The movie worked for me right up to the final scene, and then it caved in.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Katzenbach's book collapses into phoniness at the end, and the movie -- which alters that ending -- is even phonier.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
The cinematic equivalent of three-dimensional chess.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Reaches for more than it can handle, but it's well-acted and earnest in its intentions.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Gripping on impact, it provides plenty of material for long thoughts.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
An exciting, thoughtful and adrenaline-pumping war picture that is provocative and different.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Initially gripping, eventually cloying POW drama.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
Watching this film, what we feel isn't mainly suspense or excitement. The dominant feeling is something like nostalgia.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
As an actor's showcase, Hart's War has much to recommend it, even if the top-billed Willis is not the most impressive player. As a story of dramatic enlightenment, the screenplay by Billy Ray and Terry George leaves something to be desired.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Hart's War, in trying to please everyone, delivers a doubly exasperating blend of liberal and conservative pandering, both a self-congratulatory acknowledgment of historical racism and an affirmation that American patriotism excuses all sins.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Put Bruce Willis and this bewildering World War II movie in front of the firing line.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
This is one of those war movies that focuses on human interaction rather than battle and action sequences ... and it's all the stronger because of it.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A well-made, solidly acted drama that essentially eschews louder actions in favor of fighting words.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Director Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear) is merely arranging cliches in new patterns until the surprise ending blows enough pro-military fervor up the audience's ass to make Colin Powell call a halt.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
[T]he film throws so many twists and surprises at us that it becomes unconvincing.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Big WWII drama about honor, courage and sacrifice.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
- Empire Magazine
Nationality, race and politics clash in unexpected ways in this well-directed and acted but extremely old-fashioned prison drama that recalls genre film sof the 1950s and 1960s.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
In the ever-increasing onslaught of war movies, it stands head and shoulders above most of the competition.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
This earnest WWII escape story throws in a courtroom drama, but to nobody's advantage.
Derek Adams - Time Out
- Film Threat
'Hart's War' is a perfect example of a film that remains anchored in mediocrity from beginning to end. It plods along like a chronic asthmatic, meandering to a conclusion that's both irritating and implausible.
Tom Grealis - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
...Suitably gritty and intense...
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
It's hard to know whether or not to recommend this film because for every thing it does right there's at least one and occasionally two things it gets ever so wrong.
Chris Barsanti - Film Threat
Engaging thriller combines military movie genres and succeeds as more than the sum of its well-oiled parts.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
As old-fashioned as it can get, a throwback to cinema's Golden Age and a tribute to the flawed, guilty human beings we call heroes.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
As an American propagandistic attempt to market patriotism (or courage, or honor), it is arguably successful; by its own merits it is merely decent.
Rumsey Taylor - DVDFuture.com
The movie's surplus of male-fraternizing never conveys that these Americans are under imminent danger and stress.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Hart's War is an absorbing courtroom drama that gives Farrell the chance to show off his star quality although the ending disappoints.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
It makes a few fundamental mistakes along the way--mostly due to Willis' star power--but it's still thoroughly entertaining
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Proves a servicable World War II drama that can't totally hide its contrivances, but it at least calls attention to a problem Hollywood too long has ignored.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Starts out strongly before quickly losing its focus, point and purpose in a mess of mixed messages, over-blown drama and Bruce Willis with a scar.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
A perfectly respectable, perfectly inoffensive, easily forgettable film.
Shay Casey - Daily-Reviews
A compact story told with focus and assurance.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Neither the film nor its characters break any new ground, but for most of its running time it is an intelligent and compelling prisoner-of-war story
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
A serious and absorbing drama with the old-fashioned notion of telling a story and taking the necessary time to do so.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
...while it is an entertaining, well-plotted film, there's something missing that keeps it from reaching that higher plane.
Larry Carroll - Countingdown.com
Farrell ... thankfully manages to outshine the role and successfully plays the foil to Willis's world-weary colonel.
Laura Bushell - BBC
A noble project, a prison camp movie jam-packed with plot, intrigue and good actors.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
This is a well-written, well-acted and well-constructed film. Not a classic, but a worthy entry into the POW genre.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Those looking for a war movie would do best searching somewhere else.
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
... the film becomes too preachy and obvious in its patriotic and do-gooder intentions.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The sight of the name Bruce Willis brings to mind images of a violent battlefield action picture, but the film has a lot more on its mind--maybe too much.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
an odd mish-mash, pursuing different ends at different times until, by the end of the film, we're not sure what it was about or how we should feel about what it's saying
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
An intense, provocative drama that revels in challenging the established archetypes rather than exploiting them.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
Few World War II movies have featured as complex and interesting a villain as Col. Werner Visser.
Bruce Feld - Film Journal International
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
A surprisingly good movie...
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
...it's not your typical war movie but I'm giving it thumbs down because I think its attempts to be different were quite frankly kind of ludicrous.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
The bright spots in this film are Farell's performance and that of Vicellous Shannon who is just riveting as the camp's commanding German officer.
There's nothing particularly astonishing about this WWII prisoner-of-war drama.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
While the stoically delivered hokum of Hart's War is never fun, it's still a worthy addition to the growing canon of post-Saving Private Ryan tributes to the greatest generation.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The movie itself is far from disappointing, offering an original take on courtroom movies, a few nifty twists that are so crucial to the genre and another first-rate performance by top-billed star Bruce Willis.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
[A]fter a pretty decent first hour, Hart's War becomes increasingly ludicrous, culminating with a cornball finale that will either leave you scratching your head or shaking it in disgust.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
...a sluggish courtroom potboiler about racism, murder and due process.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
[S]turdy if uninspired...
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
...a modestly engaging film.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
...a run-of-the-mill courtroom drama that John Grisham could have tossed off between endorsing royalty checks.
Bill Pearis - Citysearch
Can good filmmaking make up for a scattered script?
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Boasts solid performances against a bricolage of ideas, of which the more interesting are underused and the less interesting are overused.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Even as the story strains to accommodate a few implausible, last-second theatrics, it manages to sustain a tense, sober atmosphere.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
If you haven't seen the trailers and commercials, you'll likely find Hart's War a good waste of ten bucks.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Hart's War seems to want to be a character study, but apparently can't quite decide which character.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Hart's War is good, even daring, and has everything going for it but the crackerjack ending the story begs for.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Delivers on all fronts, with a cunning script, great acting, and subtle directing.
Max Messier - Filmcritic.com
If you're looking to go rah-rah America, these flawed characters won't convince you to put that plastic flag back on your car. Still, this film has some surprising heart.
- E! Online
[T]he film never really engages...
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
For maximum enjoyment, the viewer should be as clueless as to what is really going on as poor Hart.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
It's a pleasure to finally see a film directed by Gregory Hoblit that really reflects the multiplane storytelling expertise he developed working on such television series as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and NYPD Blue.
- Los Angeles Daily News
Hart's War contains a fatal structural flaw. A racially charged court-martial that takes up half the picture turns out to be a just a cover.
Carla Meyer - San Francisco Chronicle
Unlike A Soldier's Story, which tackled the same theme within the confines of an engrossing, unpredictable story, too much of Hart's War feels like finger-wagging.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
[A] mediocre effort that doesn't really have anything new to say or explore, but is relatively easy enough to watch and should benefit from the current patriotic atmosphere in the country.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
A gripping and poignant movie about honor, duty and loss of innocence.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
A solid and satisfying World War II drama that cleverly commingles the conventions of POW camp adventures and military-courtroom whodunits.
Joe Leydon - San Francisco Examiner
Director Gregory Hoblit seems to be trying to remake all of Stanley Kramer's 'message' pictures in one movie.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Handsomely shot by Alar Kivilo for rough textures under leaden skies, this is one of those unusual films that can be macho yet not mindless.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Worse than just uneven; it leaves you not caring in the least about what is, essentially, an important part of history.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com