(2016)

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91
The Playlist
Berg's approach is blunt and effective. With Patriots Day, he's made an action film that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let up.
80
It's genuinely exciting megaplex entertainment, informed by extensive research, featuring bona fide movie stars, and staged with equal degrees of professionalism and respect.
80
There's little doubt who the hero of Peter Berg's retelling of the 2013 Boston marathon bombings is: the city itself.
80
An effective, efficient and quite dramatic examination of the events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured 264, Patriots Day is a tribute to people who earned it: the investigators and first responders who ensured that a horrible situation did not become even worse.
75
Historians, media scholars and even Boston citizens may debate whether this is the most worthy way to honor those fallen in the attacks. But Berg mounts a heartfelt, harrowing tribute to the film's real-life heroes.
75
Slant Magazine
As long as Patriots Day is concerned with recreating the sense of ambient chaos among sparring investigators and an anxious community, it's immersive and thrilling.
70
Like the heroic Bostonians it celebrates, civilians and law enforcement both, Peter Berg's Patriots Day gets the job done.
70
As a retelling of a tragedy that had its moments of heroism among uniformed personnel and indefatigable civilians alike, it gets the job done.
70
The New York Times
My reservations about such pictures in general were not put to rest by Patriots Day, but this film's real merits are not easily dismissed either.
60
As exciting as the film may be, Berg too easily undercuts the human element of his story.

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