(2004)

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Based on 38 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
Chicago Sun-Times
It somehow succeeds in taking those pop-culture brand names like Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie and giving them human form.
75
New York Daily News
Alamo buffs will be delighted, and everyone else will be treated to something that feels like Old Hollywood crossed with new sensibilities.
63
Thornton is excellent and now seems genetically incapable of being anything less than great in any role he takes.
63
The real struggle in The Alamo is between historic revisionism and Hollywood notions of sacrifice, and it's not much of a contest: Hollywood wins, as it did in John Wayne's sprawling, factually spurious 1960 film.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
Except for a handful of scenes, Hancock's film isn't good enough to be memorable. Neither is it bad enough to be entirely forgettable. It's just one of those compromised movies that makes one look forward to the director's cut.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
A respectable and at times an exciting film that should appeal to males of all ages, history buffs and -- yes, it's inevitable -- patriots.
58
Entertainment Weekly
Never harmonizes into a cinematic experience any more resonant than the average, manly, why-we-fight pic, or coalesces into a stirring cry for freedom.
50
The brave men who fought and perished at the Alamo believed fervently in their cause. For The Alamo to work, the audience must believe as well. That never really happens.
50
Chicago Tribune
A professionally made movie, just not an essential one. There's little fresh or provocative here, and if you can't be shaken by this story, why bother?
50
New York Post
Thornton lends gravity, focus and humor that are otherwise in short supply in this serious-minded but meandering, talky and action-deficient epic.
40
Wall Street Journal
A misshapen semi-spectacle that seems to be simulating an epic, and getting away with it only occasionally.

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