Saving Private Ryan Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
August 18, 2007
It's forty minutes of steely violence and two hours of cliche-ridden flab.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 14, 2009
Violent, harrowing, and horrific; you bet. This is not a movie to take your children to see, or even a date. And it's definitely not worth seeing alone. How the ratings board gave this movie an "R" rating is a mystery. Well, maybe not.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
It has a few pretty good action moments, a lot of spilled guts, a few moments of drama that don't seem phony or hollow, some fairly strained period ambience, and a bit of sentimental morphing that reminds me of Forrest Gump.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Why did Spielberg make it? He wants us to imagine we can feel the terror of being there, but does that make us any wiser about this or any other conflict? Probably not.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
April 30, 2001
Spielberg trades in his usually powerful ideals for an unsettling combination of phony humanism and pandering realism.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
The only thing surprising about Saving Private Ryan is how conventional it is. I fully expected a much more 'noir' vision of WWII along the lines of Oliver Stone's Platoon.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
I found it tediously manipulative despite its Herculean energy.
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Hillel Italie
Associated Press
August 2, 2013
War may be a faceless affair, but war movies shouldn't be.
Serena Donadoni
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 2, 2013
Steven Spielberg has made a film about bravery that doesn't shy away from the horrors encountered by soldiers even in a "good" war. But he wasn't quite brave enough to present the story without a comforting coat of saccharine.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
...the landing on Omaha Beach, should be shown in every high school classroom in America
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A powerful experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
For those who are willing to brave the movie's shocking and unforgettable images, Saving Private Ryan offers a singular motion picture experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 19, 2014
If Steven Spielberg's emotional intelligence matched his visual genius, his harrowing, passionately felt and honorably flawed new film might qualify for one of the greatest American movies ever made about World War II.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 2, 2013
Dramatic lapses notwithstanding, Saving Private Ryan goes beyond technical dazzlement to put a new, indelibly terrible face on war.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
August 19, 2014
This is Spielberg's way of showing that these warriors were ordinary men -- men who, if they survived, became the grandfathers and great-grandfathers who, these days, pass largely unnoticed through life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Saving Private Ryan is far from flawless, but it's an important movie. It shows what America was once capable of, how a threat to freedom and justice was met with resolve and bravery, and how a great victory came at great cost.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
The diverse effects that war has on human nature has never been captured with such aching reality.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 2, 2013
Searing, heartbreaking, so intense it turns your body into a single tube of clenched muscle, this is simply the greatest war movie ever made, and one of the great American movies.
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
January 2, 2009
I personally have never fought in a war before but I would go out on a limb and say that the first twenty minutes of the film may be the most realistic war scene I have seen.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 9, 2008
No further commentary is needed when the raw brutality of combat is presented as indelibly as it is here.
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