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The Bridge on the River Kwai Reviews

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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
February 23, 2015
It is a stirring drama of World War II, in which Spiegel has had the excellent help of British director David Lean, in charge of the action, and of a fine company of international players.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jerry Tallmer
Village Voice
February 3, 2014
Has no one else found it highly peculiar that damn near everybody's choice for the best movie of (let's say) the decade should be dedicated, inferentially but absolutely, to the proposition that Courage is Madness and Cowardice is Best?
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Philip Roth
The New Republic
January 23, 2013
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.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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TIME Magazine
February 18, 2009
It is a whale of a story, and in the telling of it, British Director David Lean does a whale of a job.
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Mike Kaplan
February 19, 2008
A gripping drama, expertly put together and handled with skill in all departments.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2006
For what it is, it ain't bad, though it serves mainly as an illustration of the ancient quandary of revisionist moviemakers: if all you do is systematically invert cliches, you simply end up creating new ones.
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Phil Hardy
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A classic example of a film that fudges the issues it raises.
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James Berardinelli
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
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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.
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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