Tears of the Sun

Bruce Willis stars as Lt. A.K. Waters, a Navy SEAL sent to the jungles of embattled Africa to rescue a doctor (Monica Bellucci), arriving only to realize he must also save the refugees in the doctor's care -- even if it places his military career in jeopardy. Tracked by heavily armed guerillas, Waters and his men must guide 40 injured Nigerian patients to the Cameroon border in this epic action drama directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day).
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Netflix Rating: 3.8
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 34%
Critics' score: 34   Audience score: 72   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Washington may like the timing, but the serious considerations of war and horror here are ultimately undermined by sentiment and schlock.

Tom Long, Detroit News

Will a thinking audience really buy the image of helpless, grateful people bestowing kisses and victory songs upon Willis as the representative of all things American: power, guts, compassion? full review

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News

Deserves the bad reviews and the lackluster earnings it has accumulated thus far. full review

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer

Raping and pillaging and blowing things up is mainly what this movie is about, although it claims to show how the most robotic, dehumanized soldiers can be transformed by human suffering. full review

Rex Reed, New York Observer

Fuqua ... can stage action, but he can't save a trivializing, reactionary script featuring a Hollywood star (read America) as a global savior.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

This Black Hawk Down theft is a trial by cliche. full review

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

In a movie with so much graphic suffering by innocent Africans, it's a bit disconcerting that so much loving attention is paid to Bruce Willis's anguished mug. full review

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine

What's noteworthy is that Tears is simultaneously a gripping action tale and a plea for a policy of engagement, of humanitarian intervention, in parts of the world where oil is not at stake. full review

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle

This movie should have been called Crocodile Tears of the Sun.

Desson Thomson, Washington Post

The film is a strictly no-bull proposition.

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

Painfully obvious, yet confusing. full review

John Anderson, Newsday

If you ever wanted a reason to root for a righteous invasion, this sequence -- like My Lai but improved because it's perpetrated by the bad guys -- provides it. full review

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star

Propaganda doesn't get any more entertaining. full review

Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News

At its best, it's a little hard to sit through. At its worst, it's like every other picture about soldiers on a tough mission. What pushes it above mediocrity is that it ends better than it begins. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

The film may have been inspired by The Seachers, but it's worlds away from John Wayne. full review

Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee

Tears of the Sun has a title that makes no sense whatsoever. The film's message, on the other hand, makes too much sense -- it's simplistic and reactionary and designed to get hearts pumping but not minds thinking.

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

Willis' performance redeems much of the film.

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel

The movie might have gotten a dramatic boost from its topical theme, indirect as it is. Unfortunately, it's not one-tenth as interesting as what you can see at home during a nightly cable surf as U.S. war policy is debated. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today
full review by Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
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