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Schindler's List Reviews

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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
February 17, 2015
Spielberg ultimately remains Spielberg, finding his enduring themes within Thomas Keneally's novel and giving them the full Spielberg treatment.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 7, 2014
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.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
January 6, 2014
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 30, 2013
Not so important socially as it thinks it is, perhaps, but even more important aesthetically and thematically.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 6, 2013
More than any previous non-documentary Holocaust movie, this one convinces through the accumulation of such detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 6, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 6, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 6, 2013
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 6, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
May 6, 2013
It looks, without ever averting its gaze, at the darkest of the dark.
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
March 9, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
March 6, 2013
The moving film may be arduous to watch, but brilliantly acting and painstaking accuracy make it a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Adam Mars-Jones
March 5, 2013
Authentic intensity, emotionalism and botch: the first two marry unexpectedly well, and the third element is by far the smallest, but it is there, and it means that the film is less than the touted breakthrough for the cinema.
Emma Dibdin
Total Film
February 22, 2013
Profoundly moving, profoundly shocking, profoundly important.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
February 22, 2013
Few American movies since the silent era have had anything approaching this picture's narrative boldness, visual audacity, and emotional directness.
Derek Malcolm
February 22, 2013
Ultimately, the film is memorable as much for simple testimony as for the cinematic art it displays.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
February 22, 2013
Schindler's List serves up three full hours of brilliant storytelling that's as humane and compassionate as it is gripping and provocative.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 16, 2013
What Spielberg has done in this Holocaust story is simply and forcefully place us there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
January 15, 2013
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.
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Accurate, heartbreaking masterpiece about the Holocaust.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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