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American Sniper (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Powered by Clint Eastwood's sure-handed direction and a gripping central performance from Bradley Cooper, American Sniper delivers a tense, vivid tribute to its real-life subject.

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From director Clint Eastwood comes "American Sniper," starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. But there was much more to this true American hero than his skill with a rifle. U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname "Legend." However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, becoming emblematic of the SEAL creed to "leave no man behind." But upon returning home, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind. (C) Warner Bros

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Cast

Bradley Cooper
as Chris Kyle
Luke Grimes
as Marc Lee
Kyle Gallner
as Goat-Winston
Ben Reed
as Wayne Kyle
Elise Robertson
as Debbie Kyle
Luke Sunshine
as Young Jeff Kyle
Keir O'Donnell
as Jeff Kyle
Jason Hall
as Cowboy
Billy Miller
as Navy Recruiter
Leonard Roberts
as Instructor Rolle
Matthew Jason Walsh
as Instructor #2
Kevin Lacz
as Dauber
Cory Hardrict
as "D"/Dandridge
Eric Ladin
as "Squirrel"/Case
Brando Eaton
as Dapper Navy Guy
James Ryen
as PO Karnan
Jonathan Kowalsky
as 1st Marine #2
Shane Habberstad
as 1st Marine #1
Sammy Sheik
as Mustafa
Kevin Ryan
as Marine Viper #4
Evan Gamble
as JAG Officer #1
Benjamin Mathes
as JAG Officer #2
Tim Griffin
as Colonel Gronski
Brian Hallisay
as Capt. Gillespie
Erik Aude
as Thompson
Navid Negahban
as Sheikh Al-Obodi
Eric Close
as DIA Agent Snead
Zack Duhame
as Contractor
Mido Hamada
as The Butcher
Kathe E. Mazur
as Dr. Hallerman
Sam Jaeger
as Navy Seal Lt. Martin
Chance Kelly
as Lt. Col Jones
Assaf Cohen
as Terp #2
Fahim Fazli
as Messianic Tribal Leader
Salah Salea
as Angry Neighbor
Hector Bucio
as PFC Alvarez
Aidan McGraw
as Young Colton
Jonathan Groff
as Young VetMads
Melissa J. Hayden
as Receptionist
Ferguson Reid
as Navy Doctor
Mark Thomason
as Chaplain
Pamela Denise Weaver
as Marc Lee's Mom
Amie Farrell
as Marc Lee's Wife
Terry Quay
as Firing Party NCO
James Dever
as Funeral Detail OIC
Tami Goveia
as Navy Nurse
Leon Charles Farmer
as Marine Gate Guard #1
Paul Meixner
as Marine Gate Guard #2
Victoria Reina Sigloch
as Marine Gate Guard #3
Joel Lambert
as Delta Sniper
Owain Yeoman
as Ranger One
Tony Nevada
as Recon Sniper
Brett Edwards
as Recon Gunner
Nick Salter
as Navy Dispatch Officer
Ricky Ryba
as Cobra Pilot
Greg Duke
as MRAP Gunner
Jet Jurgensmeyer
as Colton's Friend
Bryan Anderson
as Wynn's Friend
Wade White
as Veteran #1
Anthony Jennings
as Veteran #2
Vincent Selhorst-Jones
as Jones-Veteran at Truck
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Critic Reviews for American Sniper

All Critics (255) | Top Critics (49)

American Sniper has a perspective that's recognizable from the classic Westerns Eastwood has long been associated with, both as an actor and a director. It's an existential critique of violent machismo that doubles as a celebration of violence.

May 31, 2015 | Full Review…
Slate
Top Critic

Eastwood makes the moral stakes almost nonexistent.

May 29, 2015 | Full Review…
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

It speaks emotionally to audiences who sense that we lost something in Iraq, yet still want to honor the heroism of those who risked their lives for the cause, whether or not it was ultimately a great one.

May 29, 2015 | Full Review…
NPR
Top Critic

Clint Eastwood's American Sniper is an often lazy and somewhat hazy propaganda film about American heroism and hell in the Iraq War.

May 29, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Toronto Sun
Top Critic

Although Cooper succeeds in resembling and sounding like the real Kyle, this isn't some cheap impersonation trick. Cooper gives maybe the best performance of his career.

May 29, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Director Clint Eastwood deftly shows the mental and physical toll of heroism in a way that will leave you gutted.

January 19, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Us Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for American Sniper

½

Though understandably accused of being jingoistic and racist - even if it makes a (dishonest, yes) distinction between Iraqi civilians and terrorists -, this is an extremely tense (and very well edited) war movie and a nuanced character study with Cooper in an intense performance.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Well-directed and at times inspiring, "American Sniper" is a strange blend of Jingoism and a criticism of the violence inflicted on the American side of the Iraqi war. Unfortunately, this lop-sided approach dulls the film's broader message about the effects of war on humanity. Great acting by Cooper and exciting action sequences make the film worth seeing even if the film is a bit overlong.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

½

Succeeds largely on the strength of Bradley Cooper's great performance and less on the true life story that inspired it. Despite being a well told story, this is a theme we have seen plenty of times before on film. For me, it lessened the impact of it a little bit as I was reminded of better films like "The Hurt Locker", but all in all this is a story worth telling. The action is intense, well shot, and keeps you on the edge of your seat at times. It does get a little repetitive with him taking so many tours trying to find the same guy, but this is a small complaint. Otherwise, this is a film worth watching.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

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