Pearl Harbor
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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 and soon enough they both become involved with the same woman.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pearl Harbor is a blockheaded, hollow-hearted industrial enterprise."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"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."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"As impressive as the physical verisimilitude is, it only accentuates the contrast with the banalities of a script that lacks any fully developed characters."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Screen International
"Weaknesses of plot and characterisation are only amplified by the film's unwieldy size and patriotic portent, and the script is toe-curlingly bad."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"Those who should be offended are American veterans. Their service has been reduced to a sentimental fable of two heroic pilots and their noble lass proving their gumption and their bravery. Even as a tall tale, it's puny."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"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 briefly."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"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 posters."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"Bloated and boring, Pearl Harbor is a collection of war-movie clichés."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"While the film manages to drag the actual attack out to 45 minutes of its ponderous 183 minute running time, that still leaves a lot of movie to be taken up by what passes for plot -- a convoluted romance of the heavily cliched kind."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Go for the rousing flag-waving, for the sense of experiencing a terrible and profound moment in history, but be prepared to swallow it all with a huge dose of treacle."
‑ Dennis King, Tulsa World
"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."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"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 uplift."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Bay seems temperamentally incapable of holding a shot for much more than five seconds."
‑ Richard C. Walls, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"This is so bad, it's good. This is a real disaster."
‑ Peter Preston, Observer [UK]
"Watch, enjoy, and then forget about it entirely."
‑ , Total Film
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