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The Bridge on the River Kwai Reviews

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
November 8, 2006
Alec Guinness' outstanding performance is one of the many things that work in David Lean's intriguing epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 15, 2006
Still one of the most rousing war films, Lean's epic is rich in characters and marked by an ironic and ambiguous POV in the way that it depicts the conflict between Guinness, Hayakawa, and Holden, as individuals and symbols of their national cultures.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
February 23, 2006
Alec Guinness won his only non-honorary Oscar for this film (did you know he'd be nominated for writing the following year?), and boy is it deserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Phil Hardy
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A classic example of a film that fudges the issues it raises.
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com
November 9, 2005
Epic wartime storytelling at its most vibrant and satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Fienberg
Zap2it.com
September 10, 2005
One of the best war movies, mixed with one of the best action movies, mixed with one of Alex Guinness' best performances mixed with a killer score? One of the greats.
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 8, 2005
Did Lean ever make a bad film?
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 7, 2004
A spellbinding character study wrapped in a great adventure story.
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
This intelligent and exciting WWII tale, masterfully helmed by Lean (at the start of his 'epic' period), features a splendid performance from Guinness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 3, 2003
In my opinion, it is one of the two best films to emerge from a very strong decade of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Brilliant is the word, and no other, to describe the quality of skills that have gone into the making of this picture.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
somehow elevates what begins as a...tiresomely chest-beating Patriotism picture into one of the most gripping and unsimplified statements the cinema has ever made about war.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
November 26, 2002
One of the most rousing and inspiring war films, this is also a psychological battle of wills. The intensity between Hayakawa and Guinness is captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
World War II classic receives brilliant presentation and provides fascinating perspective on DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 30, 2002
Guinness is wonderful; one of the all-time greats. You can watch it a hundred times and it stills holds the same fascination and impact as the first viewing.
| Original Score: 5/5
April 17, 2001
Lean achieves a fine balance of creating complex characters from a fine cast, while keeping the pace up throughout this long movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 13, 2001
Hitler has only got one ball! Goering has two but very small
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Most war movies are either for or against their wars. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) is one of the few that focuses not on larger rights and wrongs but on individuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
A tense, terrifying, absolutely riveting film about the ironies of war and the deadly psychological games enemy soldiers play with each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
The film has great themes ... fascinating characters expertly acted, a compelling plot and brilliant direction by one of the masters of the epic, David Lean.
Full Review | Original Score: 94/100
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