Red Tails
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1944. To help win the war, the Pentagon brass has no choice but to consider the untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are about to be shut down and shipped back home, they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. These intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country - and the fate of the free world. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's no sense of threat or danger: this is a film with its head stuck firmly in the clouds."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"One can get away with a lot of cornball speeches a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away but it doesn't work nearly as well a short time ago on planet Earth."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"One longs for more scenes between the ensemble on the ground, but the emphasis on aerial (and digital) technology leaves the characters without context."
‑ Ina Diane Archer, Film Comment Magazine
"With an inspiring source story, talented actors, and one of the most profitable production companies backing the film, it's genuinely hard to imagine where it all went wrong."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"This is a proper war film. That's to say one with crazy dogfights and (no, really) Nazis with prominent scars."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"Sadly, Red Tails tells its inspiring story in the most old-fashioned, Saturday-afternoon-at-the-movies kind of way. The movie occasionally flies but it never soars."
‑ Leah Rozen, TheWrap
"Red Tails is better than nothing - but "nothing" isn't the other option. That HBO film is still out there, and Red Tails doesn't add to it or improve upon it."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"A patriotic but blatantly unremarkable film that could have been much much more."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"There certainly is an interesting story to be told at the heart of "Red Tails," but unfortunately director Anthony Hemingway and screenwriters John Ridley and Aaron McGruder couldn't get at it."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"The finished product makes a great case, perhaps the best yet filmed, for remaining anonymous and achieving nothing."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"This is so generic as storytelling that it fails even as a basic history lesson: it's hard to believe that the stock conflicts on-screen have any connection to real events."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Instead of pride or anger or resolve, all it left me feeling was a little bit of regret that I hadn't been home, watching "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" instead."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The actors' convincing portrayals and realistic bond with each other, along with the spectacular visual and sound effects created by Lucas, makes Red Tails feel genuine and powerful."
‑ Karen Benardello, We Got This Covered
"Red Tails is all broad strokes, and I have to admit that it stroked me good."
‑ William Bibbiani, CraveOnline
"Why, one wonders, didn't Lucas persuade his friend Steven Spielberg to take on this subject and treat it with the authority and respect he brought to Band of Brothers?"
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
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