American Sniper Reviews

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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.
May 31, 2015
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 29, 2015
Eastwood makes the moral stakes almost nonexistent.
May 29, 2015
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
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.
January 23, 2015
Cooper looks the part, having bulked up for it, but he can't do anything with the blandness of the character the script has given him.
January 23, 2015
We've seen it before, but Eastwood is good at making it seem raw and personal, largely by the care he takes in building a character, and the situations that will test them.
January 19, 2015
Director Clint Eastwood deftly shows the mental and physical toll of heroism in a way that will leave you gutted.
January 16, 2015
The 84-year-old's deep appreciation of the masculine -- its conflicts, its appeal, its evolving truths -- has added texture to our understanding of violence, warfare and more. At least as it is represented onscreen.
January 16, 2015
Director Clint Eastwood continues his quiet critique of the moviegoer's deep delight in cinematic violence.
January 16, 2015
American Sniper romanticizes Kyle, whose bestselling memoir, which put him on talk-show appearances, included boastful stories of dubious authenticity. What remains is distilled and dramatized, a story of loss, the story of the universal soldier.
January 16, 2015
The fluidity and tension of the battle scenes is breathtaking, Eastwood at his cinematic best. But it's the ever-tightening knot inside of Kyle the director really wants to understand.
January 16, 2015
If American Sniper fails at being a truly great film, it is no fault of its star.
January 15, 2015
American Sniper [combines] a lean, unfussy approach to combat action sequences with a glimpse into the psyche of the fighting man.
January 15, 2015
What a disappointment.
January 15, 2015
The film is, simply, a tragedy in which American certainty comes to grief against the rocks of the real world, and it views its central figure as a decent man doing indecent things for what he keeps telling himself is a greater good.
January 15, 2015
A movie that can't find a credible perspective on its subject, despite a winning performance from Bradley Cooper in the title role.
January 15, 2015
Impressive in the particulars, weaker on the whole.
January 15, 2015
The melancholy streak coursing throughout the picture speaks to the grand tragedy of war and those who wage it on the ground, guns in hand and hearts in throat, unaware at the moment of how radically different the rest of their lives will be.
January 15, 2015
Young volunteers have been at war for 14 futile years, and the next Chris Kyle deserves to be understood.
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