• R, 3 hr. 16 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Steven Spielberg
    In Theaters:
    Dec 15, 1993 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 9, 2004
  • Universal Pictures

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Schindler's List Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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For this film Spielberg has done the best directing of his career. Much of his previous work has been clever and some of it better than that, but Schindler's List is masterly.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

January 7, 2014
Alan Jones
Radio Times

Spielberg uses stark, brutal realism to put over his powerful points about racism and ethnic cleansing, and the use of stunning black-and-white photography and gritty hand-held camera footage give the film a potent documentary style.

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

January 6, 2014
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Not so important socially as it thinks it is, perhaps, but even more important aesthetically and thematically.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 10/10

November 30, 2013
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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More than any previous non-documentary Holocaust movie, this one convinces through the accumulation of such detail.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

May 6, 2013
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Schindler's List is filmed in black and white, but the triumph of Neeson's portrait and Steven Zaillian's screenplay is that Oskar Schindler remains gray and enigmatic.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 4/4

May 6, 2013
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Spielberg never solves the Schindler riddle, which keeps this from being a truly great picture. He does bring to Schindler's List the technical skill and dazzling smoothness of a movie-making natural.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 6, 2013
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The movie exudes an inescapable realism. Unlike a pastiche of newsreel footage, however, Spielberg craftily imbues Steven Zaillian's masterful screenplay with an emotionally charged examination of calculated brutality.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

May 6, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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What the visual immediacy of Schindler's List does is to prod each of us to fill in the gaps of emotion for ourselves. To put this another way, the more you are able to invest in this superb, demanding film, the more you are likely to get back.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

May 6, 2013
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

It looks, without ever averting its gaze, at the darkest of the dark.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun

May 6, 2013
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered

Schindler's List is one of Steven Spielberg's most powerful films, capturing the tragedy and horror while still finding room to inspire and move generations.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 4/5

March 9, 2013
Phil Villarreal
COED.com

The moving film may be arduous to watch, but brilliantly acting and painstaking accuracy make it a must-see.

Full Review Source: COED.com | Original Score: 4/4

March 6, 2013

Total Film

Profoundly moving, profoundly shocking, profoundly important.

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

February 22, 2013
Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
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Few American movies since the silent era have had anything approaching this picture's narrative boldness, visual audacity, and emotional directness.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

February 22, 2013
Derek Malcolm
Guardian

Ultimately, the film is memorable as much for simple testimony as for the cinematic art it displays.

Full Review Source: Guardian

February 22, 2013
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Schindler's List serves up three full hours of brilliant storytelling that's as humane and compassionate as it is gripping and provocative.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

February 22, 2013
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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What Spielberg has done in this Holocaust story is simply and forcefully place us there.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

January 16, 2013
Stuart Klawans
The Nation

There are a few moments -- a handful, out of a three-hour film -- in which Spielberg does push the story into melodrama. As for the rest, though, Schindler's List has a real and unexpected integrity.

Full Review Source: The Nation

January 15, 2013
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Accurate, heartbreaking masterpiece about the Holocaust.

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

December 18, 2010
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com

Schindler's List, because it is so finely crafted and authentic, truly allows one to experience the devastating, calculated breakdown of a Polish Jew in 1939 through the end of the war.

Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: 4/4

December 2, 2009
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Schindler's List is a film whose meanings are to be found less in its uplifting outline than in its harrowing flow of images -- images of fear, hope, horror, compassion, degradation, chaos, and death.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

November 6, 2009
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