'5 Days of War' Critic Reviews

70%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
33%
Rotten Tomatoes:   34 reviews
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    Whether its passion is faked or real is impossible to tell because it is expressed with such pulp-fiction gusto.
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  • John DeFore Washington Post (Top Critic)
    25
    Harlin's roots show throughout the picture, as he films real-life horrors with a bombast better suited to summer entertainment.
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  • Mark Holcomb Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Had it rejected the genre's romantic trappings and false heroics more consistently, the movie might've been worth the ride.
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  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    0
    Embarrassingly clumsy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    38
    An action movie scarcely deeper than a Michael Bay extravaganza.
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  • John Anderson Variety (Top Critic)
    A hell-on-earth thriller that makes valiant gestures toward geopolitical savvy but gets bushwhacked by vet helmer Renny Harlin's weakness for the Rambo-esque.
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  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Should appeal more to those who like to watch stuff blow up than understand exactly why the carnage is transpiring.
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  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    The plot is culled from a variety of "war is hell but I'm covering it anyway" journalist-in-the-field movies but handled with cliched clumsiness in a script by David Battle and doctored by Finnish writer Mikko Alanne.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    Harlin's film begins with the familiar adage that truth is the first casualty of war. Usually that phrase precedes an attempt to revive the patient, not bury it deeper in the rubble of propaganda.
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  • John DeFore Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Flimsy dramatization of Russia/Georgia conflict fails both as historical re-enactment and as action-flick thrill ride.
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  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    25
    ...an aggressively unwatchable piece of work that trivializes its searing subject matter...
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  • Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle
    20
    Opening with the oft-quoted statement "The first casualty of war is truth," 5 Days of War should have heeded its own warning.
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  • Jeanne Kaplan Kaplan vs. Kaplan
    Harlin made a wise decision to use Checco Varese as his Director of Photography. As a veteran news cameraman, he has a wealth of experience shooting war zones which translated brilliantly to this film.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Kaplan Kaplan vs. Kaplan
    "5 Days of War" is an action-packed and tense story of a handful of ultra-heroic war correspondents who risk their lives to tell the truth.
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  • Mark Dujsik Mark Reviews Movies
    50
    [Presents] its protagonist journalists as ill-defined types performing heroic daring-do and the Georgian refugees taken under their wing as a plot device.
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  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    42
    One can imagine a powerful film being made using the brief 2008 'war' as a backdrop. Unfortunately, this isn't it.
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  • Ron Wilkinson Monsters and Critics
    50
    5 Days of war seems like an eternity if you are in the audience.
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  • Jim Slotek Jam! Movies
    40
    Basically 5 Days of War is a popcorn movie for people itching to hate Russians again.
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  • Rob Hunter Film School Rejects
    42
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  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    42
    Harlin manages to summarize the intensity of combat and the despair of conflict. Despite its many flaws, "5 Days of War" retains a visceral punch. A shame it doesn't have much of a brain.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Donald J. Levit ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    A finely realized depiction of war today and of the civilians who suffer the not always 'collateral' consequences.
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  • Alison Willmore AV Club
    25
    As propaganda, 5 Days Of War is unlikely to make a mark, though perhaps the idea of reaching people through would-be blockbusters will.
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  • David Noh Film Journal International
    Would-be serious treatment of war is lethally undermined by director Renny Harlin's ham-fisted, exploitative approach.
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  • Mark Jenkins NPR
    The low-budget movie, set during Russia's 2008 invasion of Georgia, is neither innovative nor profound, but it is kinetic, visceral and sometimes moving.
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  • Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York
    40
    Renny Harlin used to make ridiculous movies involving pirates or Sylvester Stallone; now he makes ridiculous movies about Putin's 2008 invasion of the country of Georgia.
    Full Review » 3 years ago