• 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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Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

There's no trust here from the director that the audience might be able to fathom the horrors of the Holocaust if the lines between good and bad aren't distinctly drawn.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 33/100

May 27, 2004
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

A theme park ride masquerading as master's thesis.

| Original Score: 2/5

November 28, 2003

The documentary style allows Spielberg to deliver his message without preaching. The clever use of light and shade also makes it visually stunning.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 5/5

April 17, 2001
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
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
Andy Kurtz
Bullz-Eye.com

The movie is raw and unexpected and it vividly depicts the Holocaust in all its monstrousness.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 4/5

February 3, 2007
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Spielberg made the picture with sufficient professional gravitas to signal that he understood the line he was walking. But it is ultimately just a movie, and we all know that in a black-and-white film, chocolate syrup can be read as blood.

Full Review | Original Score: 87/100

September 9, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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What is most amazing about this film is how completely Spielberg serves his story. The movie is brilliantly acted, written, directed and seen.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Because this film touches us so deeply, the catharsis has a power that few -- if any -- other moments in film history can match.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 5/5

November 6, 2003
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
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
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
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com

A masterpiece of epic proportions. Nothing captures all the different sides of the terror of the Holocaust as well as this gripping story.

Full Review Source: Zap2it.com | Original Score: 4/4

October 3, 2003
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun

| Original Score: 5/5

February 20, 2004
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

| Original Score: 5/5

August 9, 2002
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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This is the film to win over Spielberg skeptics.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 19, 2008
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

This is a supremely powerful depiction of the banality of evil and -- for once on film -- the seductiveness of good.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

January 1, 2000
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

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