It's uneven but often powerful, two things we've come to expect from director Spike Lee.
—Pete Paras E!
On some level, you?ve got to hand it to Spike Lee. There are probably less than a handful of directors working in Hollywood today who could put together the financing for a three-hour war movie lacking any marquee names and performed largely in Italian and German with English subtitles.
—Scott Foundas LA Weekly
You've got to hand it to Spike Lee for managing to secure the financing for this big-budget, three-hour World War II epic, performed largely in Italian and German with English subtitles, and lacking so much as a single marquee name in the cast.
—Scott Foundas Village Voice
...too long, lazily constructed, and crammed with too many characters and subplots for any director to develop fully outside of an HBO miniseries.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
Spike Lee's latest joint disappoints.
—Sean O'Connell filmcritic.com
...lurch(es) off in too many directions.
—Leah Rozen People
...isn't powerful, it's muddled and diffuse, and the disappointment of the film begins with what a hard time I had finding Spike Lee in it.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
—Jay Antani Slant Magazine