1917 Reviews

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January 14, 2020
The film is thrilling, moving on effectively from one shocking set piece to another, studding the narrative too with starry cameos.
January 14, 2020
It's a tense, unnerving ride that accomplishes its goal of translating the first-person experience of war better than any war movies that have come before it. It's a level up.
January 11, 2020
From the sole perspective of the filmmaking craft, "1917" is worth a watch.
January 10, 2020
While Mendes didn't shrink from displaying the vivid imagination of a suburban horndog, he's unwilling to face the imagination of the valorous combatants of "1917."
January 8, 2020
War is much on the minds of people right now, and "1917" is a good reminder, flaws and all, of what that really entails.
January 7, 2020
MacKay and Chapman disappear into their roles, pulling us into the story.
January 7, 2020
A huge technical achievement. An immersive war film that's low on plot but high on blistering action.
January 6, 2020
The overall impact of 1917 is simply breathtaking, horrifying, appalling. It offers a compelling version of what a day in the war might have felt like for two soldiers.
January 6, 2020
Union general William Tecumseh Sherman once said, "War is hell." Sam Mendes with "1917" says, "Hold my beer."
December 31, 2019
Chapman and McKay deserve salute for their work as leads. Through their weary eyes and baby faces, the duo project the horrors of their Homeric journey and inspiring sacrifice.
December 27, 2019
This is a tremendous technical achievement and I was just dazzled the whole time.
December 27, 2019
Director Sam Mendes [personalizes] the experience through two young British soldiers sent on a harrowing, high-stakes, night-long mission, he creates a film that is tense, exhilarating and profoundly moving.
December 27, 2019
Yet the tale unfolds with considerable sensitivity, offering plenty of haunting images while capturing the chaos and fear of trench warfare -- especially through the eyes of MacKay, in a genuine breakout performance.
December 26, 2019
Sam Mendes, has similarly taken top technology - and the best cinematography - to give us a different, equally compelling look at that cruel war, through the eyes of two ordinary soldiers asked to perform an extraordinary task.
December 26, 2019
Mendes has made a film that feels wholly alive. It's a carefully polished picture, not one that strives for gritty realism. But its inherent devotion to life and beauty is part of its power...
December 25, 2019
Despite the film's salient features, "1917" feels oddly underwhelming. It might succeed in making viewers as exhausted as the characters, but it lacks the emotional punch this story requires to make it a lasting impact.
December 25, 2019
Sitting through it is like watching someone else playing a video game for two solid hours, and not an especially compelling one at that.
December 25, 2019
The movie never breaks its rules and never loses sight of its objective.
Top Critic
December 25, 2019
The filmmakers don't shy from set pieces that would be astonishing even without their central gimmick. They set themselves a challenge for "1917", and met it in ways sure to be talked about by lovers of cinema for quite a while.
December 25, 2019
A carefully organized and sanitized war picture... that turns one of the most catastrophic episodes in modern times into an exercise in preening showmanship.
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