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Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Chicago Tribune
The action is brilliant, the combat sharp and rattling, and the film follows the historical record more closely than most Hollywood films.
63
ReelViews
The rousing success of the final 45 minutes cannot entirely counterbalance the stumbling uncertainty of the first 90 minutes.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
The film brings a spectacular but little-known chapter of World War II to the big screen with meticulous attention to period detail -- and almost none to compelling narrative.
50
The A.V. Club
A lumbering, disappointingly bland war movie.
50
Dallas Observer
When it comes to World War II movies, you may never have seen one like this before -- if only because it's like three different movies at the same time.
50
L.A. Weekly
The Great Raid cries out for the kind of B-movie industriousness that Dahl brought to his early, low-budget films noirs (Kill Me Again, Red Rock West and The Last Seduction), but instead it has dreams of sugarplum Oscars dancing in its head, and never stops mistaking spectacle for the truly spectacular.
50
This is a movie for people more interested in the subject matter than its dramatic presentation.
40
Variety
This overlong march will bore all but the most nobly patriotic.
40
Village Voice
The Great Raid is ultimately scotched by History Channel–worthy nostalgia.
33
Entertainment Weekly
The main problem? Raid lacks a center. It's an exhausted sprawl with multiple story foci, none of them terribly compelling.

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