(2006)

Critic Reviews

77

Metascore

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90
The Hollywood Reporter
Christian Bale plays Dieter Dengler and this is one of the actor's most complex and compelling performances.
90
Los Angeles Times
Aside from a riveting adventure story that Herzog tells in all of its terrifying, stripped-down simplicity, Rescue Dawn is a fascinating study of human particularity.
83
The A.V. Club
Their bond lends this more or less conventional POW escape film resounding emotional depth.
80
Newsweek
As taut and exciting as many edge-of-your-seat Hollywood escape movies.
70
The film, Rescue Dawn, is so good it makes you wish that Herzog had gone Hollywood earlier in his career. His pet theme is here: man tested against nature, his sanity more precarious than his body.
70
There is honor, boldness, and grip in the new movie, but other directors can deliver those. Werner Herzog is the last great hallucinator in cinema, so why break the spell?
70
Village Voice
Rescue Dawn is the closest thing to a "real" movie that Herzog has ever made. The lone conquistador has joined the club. Rescue Dawn is a Rambo movie without the Man (who, if I remember my Rambology, was himself of German descent).
70
L.A. Weekly
The canniness of Bale’s performance (which may be the best of his young but brilliant career) is that he plays Dengler as a fundamentally kind and simple yet rather ingenious man.
63
There is a great movie in Werner Herzog's Vietnam saga, Rescue Dawn. Unfortunately, it's about 30 minutes long.
63
This is all about escape. And as prison-break movies go, Rescue ranks among the best.

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