American Sniper Reviews

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January 15, 2015
"Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown," Shakespeare wrote. But is that true when the coronet is no more than a backward ballcap balancing a pair of wraparound shades?
January 15, 2015
There's a difference between a film about a man reluctant to acknowledge the psychological toll of what he endured and a movie that basically doesn't want to talk about it or question it, or think about it, period.
January 15, 2015
A shrewd and very well-made picture.
January 15, 2015
The message of American Sniper? There really isn't one, apart from Eastwood's career-long fascination with taciturn men called upon to do a dirty but necessary job well.
January 15, 2015
The movie reality created by Eastwood is powerful and intense, and "American Sniper" is arguably his best picture since "Unforgiven."
January 14, 2015
It is to Cooper's credit - and Eastwood's - that Kyle does not come off as a lunk-headed cartoon hero, but a man who, if he doesn't struggle with his choices in the moment, is gravely affected by their consequences.
January 10, 2015
American Sniper, based on Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle's best-selling memoir, is both a tribute to the warrior and a lament for war.
January 2, 2015
It's a gritty, confident portrait of a man whose life may have been somewhat messier than this Hollywood version.
December 25, 2014
Mr. Eastwood's film lets this good and anguished man speak for himself, and discover himself, at his own pace.
December 25, 2014
One of the more tough-minded and effective war pictures of post-American-Century American cinema.
December 24, 2014
Less a war movie than a western - the story of a lone gunslinger facing down his nemesis in a dusty, lawless place - it is blunt and effective, though also troubling.
December 24, 2014
As a piece of direction, it's as taut as anything [Eastwood's] ever done.
December 24, 2014
This movie is drowning in duty -- to say nothing of hoary storytelling devices and one embarrassing scene after the next for Sienna Miller as Mrs. Kyle.
December 24, 2014
It's clearly Cooper's show. Substantially bulked up and affecting a believable Texas drawl, Cooper embodies Kyle's confidence, intensity and vulnerability.
Top Critic
December 24, 2014
There's no freshness in either the domestic scenes or the combat sequences.
December 24, 2014
Clint Eastwood has directed war movies before, but never one that focused on a single warrior. And he has an amazing one here ...
December 24, 2014
Eastwood's impeccably crafted action sequences so catch us up in the chaos of combat we are almost not aware that we're watching a film at all.
December 24, 2014
Though it never uses the term "PTSD," American Sniper, at its best, is a devastating portrait of post-traumatic stress disorder.
December 24, 2014
But the adrenaline can't replace perception, and despite Eastwood's deft staging of the Iraqi scenes, they don't bring viewers any closer to understanding why Kyle insists on repeatedly returning to the war zones.
December 23, 2014
After 40 years of Hollywood counterpropaganda telling us war is necessarily corrupting and malign, its ablest practitioners thugs, loons or victims, "American Sniper" nobly presents the case for the other side.
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