It really wasn't anything like as bad as I'd been led to believe by the critics I'd read.
Basically, I was ok with the story leading up to the Pearl Harbor attack. Even though I'm a bloke, I had no problem with the romantic bits, for example.
As a Brit, I didn't like the idea of a Yank single-handedly winning the Battle of Britain. Everyone knows that was done by cricket-playing, handle-bar moustached, middle class Englishmen, saving Blighty and teaching Jerry a lesson.
Also, the heroic American dialogue grates, as do some of the effects.
But the actual attack on Pearl Harbor was brilliantly done. The sense of the Americans slowly waking up to the fact they were under attack was well portrayed, as was the utter panic, especially at the hospital.
That was good enough to make up for the weaknesses mentioned above.
What really drags this film down, though, is the bit after Pearl Harbor, which seems to have been bolted on, utterly pointlessly. It makes as much sense as putting a spoiler on a wheely-bin.
So, an ok film, which really didn't deserve the slating it got, but which could have been at least an hour shorter.