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Set during the time of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, two childhood friends are caught up in the events that draw the United States into World War II. Together, they enlist in the US Air Force ... read more read more...and soon enough they both become involved with the same woman.

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DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001

Stats: 42,609 reviews

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  • August 26, 2012
    Well i dont know why its so liked, i for once agree with the critics as this was just a boring terrrible movie, the attack on Pearl Harbour itself was atleast enjoying purely for the explosions, but its storyline seems very pointless and probably the most bizzare and unconvincing... read more story.
  • June 13, 2012
    Just two words: Unconvincing acting
  • fb100000716838411
    March 16, 2012
    This is not a movie about Pearl Harbor. It's a movie about a sappy romance that happens to take place during the attack on Pearl Harbor. I don't even know where to begin. Some really boring love triangle takes place and it gets in the way of making what could've been a good film.... read more It's just a really boring film. In terms of writing, directing and story, the film is weak, but when it comes to action, that's when it's at its strongest. What can you expect from Michael Bay? He's the classic example of a director who puts special effects before a plot. The acting in this film is sad to watch. I can't really blame the actors considering that they weren't given anything to go with though. Here's a quote from the movie that shows how bad the dialogue is:
    -Ben Affleck: "You are so beautiful it hurts"
    -Kate Beckinsale: "It's your nose that hurts"
    -Ben Affleck: "I think it's my heart"
    Wow...that's The first time I saw that scene, I literally cringed in my seat because of those lines. The first time I saw it was in my 8th grade Social Studies class (Thanks a lot Mrs. Lewis) and when I cringed next to someone at my table, he asked why and I had to pass it off as a shudder. This film is just terrible. It was sad to see great actors like Jon Voight and Cuba gooding Jr. fall victim to Michael Bay dialogue. Avoid this film if you can. It's a huge insult to the people who actually died in Pearl Harbor and there are WW2 veterans who saw this film and hated it, calling it "insulting trash." Shame on you Michael Bay.
  • March 9, 2012
    Michael Bay is gay. Direct quote:
    -Ben Affleck: "You are so beautiful it hurts"
    -Kate Beckinsale: "It's your nose that hurts"
    -Ben Affleck: "I think it's my heart"
    WOW. RLY?
    I don't even wanna get into the reasons why this movie sucks.
  • January 13, 2012
    An okay film! The love story adds nothing whatsoever, but the battle sequences are stunning. It's disappointing because scenes like that deserve to be in a better film.
  • December 7, 2011
    In almost every Michael Bay film I have seen, it seems as if the man wants to laugh, "And you thought I could actually make a good film!" I wouldn't say that PEARL HARBOR is terrible, but it's the worst I've seen of Mr. Bay. If ARMAGEDDON, a mediocre feature at best, was truly ... read morethe end of the world, per se, PEARL HARBOR is as if the remains of the world dropped to absolute zero.

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  • October 29, 2011
    Just fast forward to the Pearl Harbor scene, because the action is pretty good. The rest of the film is a throwaway soap opera with terribly cheesy dialogue.
  • fb729949618
    October 26, 2011
    I think I'm with everyone else in saying that this movie was a let down. It's too focused on love and not focused enough on the affect this event had on America. The attack on Pearl Harbor affected millions, so when making a film titled "Pearl Harbor" that! Don't focu... read mores on ONE love story for the majority of the film.
  • October 11, 2011
    Very below average film that just happens to have a good recreation of the Pearl Harbor attacks, over Americanised and way too 'top gun-ish' for the period. Affleck is a serious no no for casting and the love plot is just pointless filler before the raids. The effects are amazing... read more and show some of the best cgi on offer this is true but that's it.
    The battle makes the movie and does recreate the devestation well, its good for the memory of those lost but the film as a whole is poor as you are simply waiting for the attack, the rest is just uneventful and meaningless.
  • September 11, 2011
    Pearl Harbor is a terrible experience, it craps on one of the most tragic US moments, and Micheal Bay turns a historical event into a action film god I hate Micheal Bay. The plot is so terrible its hard to explain, I mean what does two best friends fighting over a girl have to d... read moreo with Pearl Harbor, and with side scenes of Alec Baldwins words of wisdom, and also who bright idea was it to make it 3 hours long, I could barely watch 1 hour. The cast was also awful, I mean Ben Affleck is so whiny and such a bad performance, and Josh Hartnett is just a way to make girls sweat at the theatre, and they make Kate Beckinsale a tramp in the film, so basically nobody in this film was ugly. The visual effects wouldbe okay, IF THIS WERE SUPPOSED TO BE AN ACTION MOVIE, ITS SUPPOSED TO BE SAD NOT ACTION PACKED!!!! The score was pretty good, I had no complaints about that. Basically in a nut shell. after all these years I have seen Pearl Harbor, and its just another shitty Micheal Bay movie.

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Joe Morgenstern
May 28, 2014
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Pearl Harbor is a blockheaded, hollow-hearted industrial enterprise. Full Review

Andrew Sarris
May 28, 2014
Andrew Sarris, New York Observer

The best way to see the movie is as I did: expecting nothing and being pleasantly surprised, and strangely moved, by Mr. Bay's audacity in filming his lovers in end-of-the-world close-ups, however bri... Full Review

Anthony Lane
May 28, 2014
Anthony Lane, New Yorker

The effect of watching a Michael Bay film is indistinguishable from having a large, pointy lump of rock drop on your head. His new picture, Pearl Harbor, maintains the mood. Full Review

Jami Bernard
May 27, 2014
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News

Pearl Harbor is a bomb, make no mistake. But the movie is such a noisy, persistent bomb that it is guaranteed to draw a crowd. Full Review

David Germain
May 27, 2014
David Germain, Associated Press

For all the 118 actors listed, the movie offers almost no sense of authentic humanity. The faces the filmmakers plaster on their characters are as flat and stereotyped as those on war-recruitment post... Full Review

Nathan Rabin
May 27, 2014
Nathan Rabin, AV Club

Leave it to Bay and Bruckheimer to reduce one of America's biggest military tragedies into a three-hour avalanche of Kodak moments, and one of America's defining crises into a facile exercise in fake ... Full Review

Jonathan Rosenbaum
May 27, 2014
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Three hours and three minutes of guff and goo about the nobility of killing and/or being killed for arbitrary reasons. Full Review

Ella Taylor
May 27, 2014
Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly

There's no dismissing the film, if only because it offers another long, loud example of how Hollywood remains the hagiographic spinmeister of American war history. Full Review

Jeff Strickler
May 27, 2014
Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune

The centerpiece is the attack. For 50 minutes, the filmmakers unleash nonstop eye candy. Full Review

Todd McCarthy
July 22, 2008
Todd McCarthy, Variety

The bombs explode brilliantly but the story is a bust in "Pearl Harbor." Full Review

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    • Barbara: If the call of duty means seeing a hundred men in their underwear everyday, we are here to serve.
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    • Rafe McCawley: God your so beautiful that it hurts.
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