Jeremy of We Got This Covered wrote, "Films have been no strangers to war. Lots of gifted movie-makers have been portraying the real-life horror of war in films like Saving Private Ryan and Full Metal Jacket. So, when directors Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy decided to make Act of Valor a film starring active, real-life US Navy SEALs, the buzz began to build. The resulting film is exactly what is to be expected, a war story, full of cliched dialogue, decent action and mostly empty heroism. Respect for the men that protect the country is already a given, but do we need to be reminded of their actions and be told that just because a movie shows them means it’s good?"