The film effectively assaults its audience almost as aggressively as its subjects.
2014-01-10 by Wesley Morris
The film's director, Peter Berg, wants to immerse you so deeply that you feel as if your bones are breaking, too. There's a price, of course, for that kind of immersion: It becomes tough to see the movie for the drum-beating.
The sensation of being pinned down and shot apart is so harrowingly conveyed by Peter Berg's fact-based war movie Lone Survivor that one almost forgives the movie's failure to be quite as persuasive in almost every other respect.
Gripping, unrelenting, brutally proficient moviemaking, a just-the-facts war movie about four Navy SEALS on an Afghan mission gone fatally wrong.
2014-01-09 by Ben Sachs
This has relatively little to say about why the U.S. armed forces invaded Afghanistan in the first place, but it's effective as genre filmmaking and surprisingly respectful in its depiction of non-Taliban Afghans.
2014-01-09 by Peter Travers
Like the best war movies, Lone Survivor laces action with moral questions that haunt and provoke.
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2014-01-09 by Michael Sragow
A virtuoso, brutal rendering of a SEAL team's fight for life in a forbidding patch of Afghanistan.