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Men of Honor

Drama . Biography

Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true story. Their relationship starts out on the rocks, but fate ultimately conspires to bring the men together into a setting of mutual respect, triumph and honor.

Actors: Robert De Niro , Cuba Gooding Jr. , Charlize Theron , Aunjanue Ellis , Hal Holbrook , Michael Rapaport , Powers Boothe , David Keith , Glynn Turman , Tyler Posey
Directors: George Tillman Jr.
Country: USA
Release: 2000-11-10
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  • Lou Lumenick

    In-depth performances by De Niro and Gooding Jr. provide the oxygen for this extremely shipshape biopic.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    It isn't about thrills and explosions, but about tenacity, and most of it takes place within our own imaginations.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    Inspirational biographical movie that really works.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    One of the more uplifting films of the season.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Jay Carr

    Just what Gooding needed to restart his stalled career.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • F. X. Feeney

    The main body of the film earns comparison with the military parables of John Ford, particularly "The Long Gray Line" and "The Wings of Eagles."

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Andy Klein

    If you don't view it too analytically, Men of Honor provides almost more uplift than a body can handle.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Educational and upstanding, a little overacted and more than a little overdramatized. But it's honorable.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Desmond Ryan

    A stalwart military inspirational.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    Flaws and all, Men of Honor ultimately does its duty. It honors the feats of an incredible man.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    Goes to such great lengths to show the greatness of its Navy diver hero that it neglects to add much depth to his character - or the story.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Larry Terenzi

    Sunk by its own melodramatic falseness, and it stands as a well-meaning yet lacking tribute to a courageous man.

    Mr. Showbiz Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    In its quest to create "wholesome" entertainment, the movie industry is furiously turning back the clock four decades or so, to the days when men were men, girls were cute but knew their place and pencil-necked Poindexters stayed out of your damn face. Full Review
  • Kevin Thomas

    Leaves you wanting to know more, and that's not a bad thing.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Richard Schickel

    There's something refreshing about its utterly unembarrassed embrace of the familiar. The director, George Tillman Jr., either doesn't notice or doesn't give a hoot about the way Scott Marshall Smith's script piles up cliches.

    Time Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy/ David Stratton

    Those in search of positive role models and films detailing little-known aspects of black and military history, or stressing the value of tenacity and hard work, pic has something to offer.

    Variety Full Review
  • Lisa Alspector

    Engagingly corny drama.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Gooding and De Niro bring their characters to vivid life despite the unsubtle screenplay and hyperactive music score.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    In an effort to turn Brashear's life into a larger-than-life sermon, Men of Honor almost manages to make it all feel like an overbearing crock.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Gooding can't will this well-meaning film into life.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    It's hard not to like a movie like Men of Honor, but it's entirely possible.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Leaves you exhausted and even bored.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Until its unbearably hokey ending, acquits itself reasonably well.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Storytelling like this weighs heavier than a standard diving suit, and it's really up to you, if you're ready to take the plunge.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    Loses focus of whom the film is honoring.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Steve Simels

    By the film's big finale, the whole thing has begun to feel distinctly ridiculous.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Strives to be an inspirational depth charge, but its power is consistently waylaid by some genuinely hokey dialogue and situations.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Dennis Lim

    The filmmakers at once coarsen and dilute a fascinating life into a lumpy puddle of punishing inspirational hokum.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Sean Means

    A bad movie about a great man. Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Passes muster as an old-style biopic with its heart in the right place. There won't be a dry eye in the house.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
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