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...
March 7, 2019
For many, I suspect, American Sniper may be weirdly liberating-gratifying a perhaps hitherto unsuspected desire to see their pessimism, hopeless and unchanging, projected on the screen.
June 7, 2016
Not only watchable, but quite good - the kind of lean, mean mediation on masculinity and duty that this particular filmmaker has always done so well.
January 2, 2016
American Sniper cannot be reduced to simple pro- or anti-war labels.
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
Unlike the movie version of Chris Kyle who never makes a mistake, Eastwood and his writer are prone to flubs that cost them their "fog of war" stance.
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 18, 2015
Eastwood has stripped things back so that we observe the action through American eyes only, our focus as blinkered as that of its titular killer.
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
It may be admirable for Eastwood to have de-dramatised the material. But that doesn't make this hugely disappointing film any easier to sit through.
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.
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