American Sniper Reviews

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August 5, 2019
The script and direction are unabashedly skewed towards feeding a lowest-common-denominator notion of war heroes and takes a righteous stand in favour of war, rather than exploring or portraying an authentic picture of the psychological impact...
May 17, 2019
A dreary, teary-eyed salute to the American flag.
October 31, 2018
Even when we remove discussion of the real Chris Kyle...we still have to contend with American Sniper's problematic approach to and depiction of recent real life events.
October 24, 2018
American Sniper has succeeded at what it set out to do: provoke hysterical reactions from right-wing American viewers and a feeling of crushing indifference from everybody else.
May 1, 2018
It is what it is - a film whose very own confusion about its position about war, about its main character, about America, has elicited various reactions.
January 30, 2018
I expected much more from Eastwood, Cooper, and the rest of the cast and crew. [Full review in Spanish]
October 17, 2017
The film is so bland that it even minimizes its subject's claim to fame, the extraordinary number of people he shot after carefully sizing them up through the sights of a rifle.
June 1, 2017
American Sniper isn't the war movie this country needs. But it is, to borrow a phrase, the war movie this country deserves. And for that reason I wept.
February 28, 2017
How can someone mess up the story of America's most celebrated sharpshooter this badly?
October 11, 2016
Eastwood is no newcomer to the director's chair, but his failure to mind the details downgrades American Sniper from a potentially great film to one that isn't quite good enough.
January 2, 2016
American Sniper is not the nuanced trauma-of-violence conversation our country needs.
November 11, 2015
Hindsight will, I think, bruise American Sniper badly; consider how a patriotic film about a voluminously homicidal American soldier in Vietnam would play today.
August 14, 2015
Eastwood's disconnected direction means we spend the entire movie with a man in stasis: Kyle's either hiding behind the scope of a rifle or sitting very still, drinking himself insensate.
August 11, 2015
There's little doubt as to Chris Kyle's commitment as a protector of his country or as a father, but when the film ends, the definition of who Chris Kyle was remains a mystery.
August 11, 2015
The movie's omissions in the story of Chris Kyle are so egregious that they undercut what could have been a great war film and turn it into an ethical quagmire.
May 31, 2015
Cooper and Miller do what they can, but the script's lack of courage lets them down.
May 31, 2015
In order to present this purpose as Chris assumes it, the film must omit context or considerations of how the war was declared and waged, whether political decisions were flawed.
May 29, 2015
The movie resolves every complication as soon as it's raised. Kyle pulls the trigger every time.
May 29, 2015
Eastwood makes the moral stakes almost nonexistent.
May 29, 2015
American Sniper may have been served better if Eastwood had let Cooper show more of the complexities of this real-life figure.
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