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The Bridge on the River Kwai Reviews

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times

Few Second World War films are as enduring as this multi-Oscar-winning examination of the stiff upper lip from director David Lean.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

February 3, 2014

Total Film

It's certainly weathered well thanks to its novel and ingenious approach to presenting multiple perspective of the Second World War.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

February 11, 2013
Robert Hatch
The Nation

The Bridge on the River Kwai amused and excited me.

Full Review Source: The Nation

February 11, 2013
Philip Roth
The New Republic
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Part of the success of The Bridge is that its courageous hero is shown from all angles, in all kinds of mirrors. He is strong, stubborn, fallible, maniacal, silly, and wise; and in the end he is pathetic, noble, and foolish.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

January 23, 2013
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Epic of WWII honor and sacrifice gone haywire.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

December 15, 2010
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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From sky to ground in two shots, and it already feels like we've traversed a great distance, with two and a half hours of skillful, suspenseful WWII adventure to go.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

September 22, 2010
Christian Blauvelt
Slant Magazine

The Bridge on the River Kwai is David Lean's last film not to succumb to bloat.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

September 20, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[Lean] somehow managed a very pleasing balance.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

September 10, 2010
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

An epic movie which is large in scope and personnel, The Bridge on the River Kwai speaks of the code of honour amongst men during war, the respect shared by enemies of war, and the madness which war evokes.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 7, 2010

TIME Magazine
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It is a whale of a story, and in the telling of it, British Director David Lean does a whale of a job.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 18, 2009
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

A towering work.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

February 19, 2008

Film4

Guinness, Lean and British war cinema have never been better.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

February 19, 2008
Mike Kaplan
Variety
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A gripping drama, expertly put together and handled with skill in all departments.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 19, 2008
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

One of THE great action sagas, and at the top of David Lean's form.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 2, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Antiheroic war epic.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

April 2, 2007
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Alec Guinness' outstanding performance is one of the many things that work in David Lean's intriguing epic.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 4/4

November 8, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

July 15, 2006
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

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 Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 23, 2006
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com

Epic wartime storytelling at its most vibrant and satisfying.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 5/5

November 9, 2005
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 5/5

October 8, 2005
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