Pearl Harbor – Nostalgia Critic

Behold, the Passion of the Bay! 2001’s Pearl Harbor is reviewed by the Nostalgia Critic.

About Doug Walker

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  1. you are entirely correct about the hospitals. An interesting thing about japan. they hold a person’s, a FAMILY’S honor in the highest regard. it was dishonorable to attack unarmed and uninvolved people in a battle. the military wouldn’t do anything to damage their home country’s honor like bay’s saying they did

    • Tony Ciccariello

      a bit of history for you. My wife’s family were in china, the japanese killed all of my father-in-law’s brothers, used one for bayonet practice. they also slaughtered men women and children. they did not care about families, at least not in china

  2. Well… The scores good.

  3. My Masters degree is in World War II. I love World War II and its movies. My Masters thesis is on documentary film of the Pacific Theater in WWII.

    In college (undergrad), friends told me “You HAVE to see Pearl Harbor! You’ll love it!” So, I went.

    Only movie I’ve ever seen in the theaters that I pretty much had to hold on to my chair to keep from walking out on.

    Things in this movie that made me MAD:

    1. 1941 and no one smoked? I’m not a smoker–allergic to it–but I guarantee that most of the people smoked in 1941. A friend of mine–her great-uncle was in the attack. He gave up smoking because he found that he could make money by selling off the cigarettes in his rations. Yep. Cigarettes were in soldiers’ rations.

    2. The men in the oily, burning water cheered the planes on. Nope! Are you kidding me? There are stories from medics who talk about rescuing these men and having their skin fall off due to the burns. No way in hell they’d be cheering on the planes!

    3. There are real people depicted in this movie. We have to focus on these idiots.

    4. The movie would have been about an hour shorter had it ended on the attack on Pearl Harbor, which is its name! Instead, they had to continue doing the Doolittle Raid?

    And, finally (that I’m mentioning here): I have the same problem with this movie that I have with Titanic. The real life story isn’t interesting enough so you have to put in a BS “romantic” story in it? If you want to see how life was like in Pearl Harbor before the attack, watch From Here to Eternity. Yeah, it’s from the 1950s, but it’s more realistic than this POS. And Frank Sinatra is kind of awesome in this!

    (For the record, want a better Titanic movie? A Night to Remember. Yes, we’ve discovered that the Titanic didn’t sink as it depicts in this movie. And, no, there’s no rapping dog or dolphins talking–seriously, I still don’t know what was up with those animated movies you reviewed!–but A Night to Remember is a better movie because its focus is on the real event! Not a BS love story!)

    But “Pearl Harbor” still makes me angry!

  4. Personally I really like this movie, and think it’s a great homage to the American innocence at time and to the people who were involved. Though I do agree with you on historical inaccuracy (but it is Hollywood, you do expect them toy around with history a little bit to play up the drama)

  5. Tony Ciccariello

    Hi, a Navy Vet here. I agree totally with your review, he butchered history and the deeds of the good men that died. two points
    1: Lots of sailors cannot swim.
    2: when General Quarters sounds, whether your dressed, in a towel or naked, you go to your stations.
    Otherwise, great review

  6. SpecialAgentDaleCooper

    Ah goodie a Michael Bay film. Gotta love those, especially inaccurate ones.

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