Owen Gleiberman
October 27, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Flags of Our Fathers

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
132 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/20/06
performer
Adam Beach, Jesse Bradford, Joseph Cross, Barry Pepper, Ryan Phillippe, Benjamin Walker, Paul Walker, Ken Watanabe
director
Clint Eastwood
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
William Broyles Jr., Paul Haggis
genre
Drama, War

We gave it a B-

Honorable but plodding. Clint Eastwood salutes the famous photograph of U.S. servicemen raising the flag on Iwo Jima. In paying homage to these ”heroes,” Eastwood wants to show us that World War II was darker than any legendary photo. But he’s demythologizing what no longer needs to be demythologized.

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