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Das Boot Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 9, 2011
The film has no qualities beyond its formal polish.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Wolfgang Petersen's direction is an exercise in pure craftsmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
This film takes all of the drama and suspense inherent in a submarine-based story and delivers it in a near- perfect package, establishing Das Boot as not just a terrific adrenaline rush, but one of the best movies ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
April 22, 2005
One of the best war films ever.
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
November 9, 2005
THE submarine movie. No other sub-flick even comes close.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Todd McCarthy
March 19, 2009
Agripping, impressively detailed account of one harrowing voyage by a German U-boat during World War II.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
April 24, 2009
It is unlike any other war film in that it confines the audience in a confined submarine where we digest the fear and panic of the human beings on screen. In short, "Das Boot" is a religious experience.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Variety Staff
February 23, 2012
Everything described in the film is authentic.
Christopher Null
October 28, 2003
Every sub movie owes a debt to Das Boot for mastering the genre and setting the bar for its contemporaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Petersen's shooting style displays a breathtaking, if impersonal and faintly academic, virtuosity comparable to that of Lean or Coppola.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 5, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The film humanizes the Germans and shows the cramped conditions that they had to fight under.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 15, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 4, 2004
Das Boot (The Boat) is a claustrophobic, tense, and dramatically gripping film about life aboard a German U-boat in World War 11.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 14, 2004
Captures, perfectly, the claustrophobia of U-boat life.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
You're drawn in powerfully as the crew members experience a psychologically maddening cycle of lull and storm.
October 11, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 7, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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