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Stalingrad

Stalingrad (2014)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 67
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 35

There's no arguing with its impressive production values, but Stalingrad should have devoted more attention to the screenplay and spent less on special effects-enhanced spectacle.

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 15

There's no arguing with its impressive production values, but Stalingrad should have devoted more attention to the screenplay and spent less on special effects-enhanced spectacle.

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STALINGRAD is an epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II. A band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there. Presented in IMAX 3D, the scale of the battle contrasts dramatically with the human drama of the Russian soldiers, the few remaining civilians and their invaders into Stalingrad. (c) Sony Worldwide

May 13, 2014

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All Critics (67) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (35)

Too often does [Bondarchuk] goad his characters to brim over with righteous bloodlust-and, despite the occasional obligatory misgiving about the barbarism of war, goads the audience to lust right along with them.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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If you thought Saving Private Ryan needed to be more like 300, then Stalingrad is the movie for you.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Overall, Stalingrad is a bizarre concoction, part Putin-era patriotic chest-thumping and part creaky war melodrama, all set in a superbly recreated ruined city.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Stalingrad is long and operatic, but its message is simple enough: War is hell, but hell, it makes for good cinema.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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To wave a flag, sing a song and celebrate it as the uncomplicated and inevitable victory of good over evil is the sort of easy message only an old propagandist - or a president for life - could really cheer.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Stalingrad largely succeeds in sensory terms but doesn't fare so well in dramatic ones.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Stalingrad is far from a perfect war film, but it does add up to an overall gratifying visual experience.

August 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

while the narrative encourages a sense of philosophical reflection about the horrors of war, the film's video-game-inspired look constantly puts us at a distance by overly aestheticizing the violence with extreme slow motion and bullet time effects

June 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Stalingrad is a film that is completely lacking in substance, not only on the basic storytelling level, but also on the human level.

May 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

The film isn't as concerned with history as it is with elaborate combat sequences featuring slow-motion bullets and bloodshed more befitting a video game.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Sprawling, ultra-violent, carefully plotted, masterfully constructed Russian epic.

March 14, 2014 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Stalingrad embraces technology to tell this bloody tale, but also paints a proud, nationalistic portrait of the terrible sacrifices made by civilians and soldiers.

March 4, 2014 Full Review Source: MovieWeb
MovieWeb

There isn't enough humanity under the grime and bullets to fully sustain our interest.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

Its story is captivating, punctuated with performances that are moving and mesmerizing. Its action is shattering and sensational. Stalingrad is spectacular.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

The technical skill in making the battle scenes so convincing, for me, is the real draw to see the new "Stalingrad."

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

IMAX 3D effort is war as death metal concert with HD visuals. Pretty spectacular, even if everything else is mediocre.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

The set design and the effects are genuinely impressive, and even the least nuanced scenes are not without their mushy charms.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

"Stalingrad" is very impressive in IMAX and 3-D, placing us smack in the middle of a war-like environment. From that standpoint, the film succeeds.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Melodramatic but often visually striking, One of the best uses of 3D in film since AVATAR.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

I'd recommend it just for the window it provides into popular entertainment on the other side of the world.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

Patriotism, pride, and fireworks trump psychological character development, and that's not a bad thing.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Stalingrad

This war film about the battle of Stalingrad manages to tell the story in a way that takes creative liberties with the facts, and conjures up a more action oriented, stylized film that is designed more as a popcorn action film than a straight forward history lesson. The film at best has its moments, and I will grant it that, and aesthetically, it's a good looking movie, but in terms of plot, it simply doesn't have anything going for it despite the fact that it's an interesting subject, and that's due because it takes creative liberties in order to make a more action packed rollercoaster ride. That's exactly what this film is, popcorn entertainment, and it's mindless viewing, and that's your cup of tea, then give it a shot, you might enjoy it, however to others looking for a bit more authenticity, you'll be greatly disappointed. There were times where I thought it was an entertaining picture, but then, it tried to do something completely different. In a way, it's an affair that just doesn't know exactly what it tries to accomplish. Taking the Stalingrad battle as a template for an adrenaline soaked action film just seems emotionless because here we are presented with characters that just aren't fully fleshed out, and they're practically caricatures of what you'd usually expect from a war film. Now, this isn't an awful film, but it's one that should have been much better as well. For me, the stylized action, with slow motion, just made it too hokey, and that was the film biggest weakness as well, as the lack of effective performances and good dialogue. This film is strictly for viewers who enjoy a mindless two hours of enjoyment, for others, they may want to look elsewhere for a more accurate, better detailed version of the events during the Battle of Stalingrad. Considering that this battle was the first major turning point during the Second World War, you'd expect something truly worthwhile, but this one just offers so little, and it's a shame.
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