K Lo: You’re right about Shales being in the critical minority. On Friday, when I was reviewing the reviews of Ike, I discovered that just about everybody enjoyed the movie–and even those who didn’t thought Selleck played the title role well. My own take, contra Shales, is that cast is exceptionally good; in addition to Selleck, the characters of Gen. Montgomery and Charles de Gaulle are very well done. I’m not completely uncritical: The first scene, an extended discussion between Ike and Churchill, felt stilted. Also, the final scene felt anti-climactic; I would have had Selleck describing the results of D-Day over pictures of GIs hitting the beaches. But these are very small complaints. I found the film relentlessly interesting and recommend it highly to fans of WW2 movies. Tonight on A&E at 8 pm, repeating at 10 pm.