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The dramatic true story of one of the most momentous battles in American history. "The Alamo" is the tale of a handful of men who stood up for what they believed in and made the ultimate sacrifice against an overwhelming force.
Drama - Some may feel the pace of the story is a little slow at first while
it sets everything up and introduces the characters. But you must
understand. It's vitally important to your enjoyment of the story
that you get to know the characters and hopefully like them and
therefore care what happens to them.
Once the battle begins the pace is brisk most of the time. There's
some humor and several feel-good moments.
PROFANITY: 3 S-words, 15 milder words. SEX/NUDITY: One very mild scene of implied sexual activity. VIOLENCE: Lots of violence, some brutal but not especially graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drinking. ACTION: Several intense battle scenes. COMEDY: Around a dozen chuckles and slightly more smiles.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Emotionally inert and poorly paced, "The Alamo" transforms one of Texas' best-known events into an uninvolving bore. Movies like "Glory" and "Gettysburg" prove that it is possible to successfully combine human drama with 19th century battles, but this is a technique that escaped the makers of "The Alamo."
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good This is a good movie. Here is a movie that captures the loneliness and dread of men waiting for two weeks for what they expect to be certain death, and it somehow succeeds in taking those pop-culture brand names like Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie and giving them human form.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average What sets the new version apart is its subordination of myth plus a somewhat stronger emphasis on the battle's motivating Tex-Mex politics and on the character flaws of certain famed participants. ...the movie seems human only when Billy Bob Thornton's heavily homespun Crockett is on screen...
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 160 moviegoer opinions. These are very typical opinions of a good but not a great movie. I see these opinions very often. Two-thirds to three-quarters rate the movie "Very Good" or higher, which indicates they enjoyed the movie very much. The remaining opinions are mainly in the "Good" to "Fair" range which indicates and average to below average movie. And as nearly always, there are a few who rated it very low.
I have no doubt that most are going to enjoy "The Alamo" very much.
In the spring of 1836, in the face of insurmountable odds, fewer than 200 ordinary men who believed in the future of Texas held the fort for 13 days against thousands of Mexican soldiers led by dictator General Antonio López de Santa Anna (EMILIO ECHEVARRÍA), ruler of Mexico. Commanded by three men - the young, brash Lt. Col. William Travis (PATRICK WILSON); the zealous, passionate James Bowie (JASON PATRIC); and the living legend David Crockett (BILLY BOB THORNTON) - the Texans would die for their beliefs, but their deeds at the Alamo would make history as General Sam Houston's (DENNIS QUAID) emotional rallying call for Texas independence.