• 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

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
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
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
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
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
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
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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This is the film to win over Spielberg skeptics.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 19, 2008
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Not only is the subject matter different for Spielberg, the way it is treated is a departure both for him and for the business as usual standards of major studio releases.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 10, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Spielberg does an uncommonly good job both of holding our interest over 185 minutes and of showing more of the nuts and bolts of the Holocaust than we usually get from fiction films.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 5, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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It's a noble achievement, and essential viewing.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Rising brilliantly to the challenge of this material and displaying an electrifying creative intelligence, Mr. Spielberg has made sure that neither he nor the Holocaust will ever be thought of in the same way again.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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For a movie -- or more accurately, a Hollywood-approved art movie -- this often-stunning work puts the Holocaust into bracing perspective.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 15, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Schindler's List, despite blatant compromises, is a rending historical document.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 12, 2001
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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Schindler's List is a ruthlessly unsentimental portrait of a German war profiteer's epiphany that inspires neither sorrow nor pity, but a kind of emotional numbness.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
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
John Hartl
Film.com
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In a severe, uncompromising manner that none of his previous films has approached, Spielberg has captured the terror of the Nazi reign as well as the determination and resourcefulness of those who resisted.

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
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