The Bridge on the River Kwai Reviews

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August 15, 2020
It's a battle of dispositional discipline outlined with humorous dialogue, an entertaining distancing from reality, and an action-packed adventure in breathtaking Cinemascope.
October 31, 2019
The gripping final 30 minutes as the dynamiting of the bridge is carried out, is a masterclass of cinematic storytelling.
June 18, 2019
There are weaknesses to the film but overall I just find it very engrossing.
February 16, 2019
David Lean's direction is spectacular and, in a good sense, large-scale; his handling of the grand climax, though it involves one over-strained coincidence, is superb.
September 14, 2018
...dedicates its final moments to detonating its own stiff upper lip.
February 16, 2016
The film, a highly assured piece of technical craftsmanship, is made rather too literally for the double-edged character of its central drama.
February 23, 2015
Suffice it to say, it's a masterpiece... and an epic one at that.
February 23, 2015
It is a stirring drama of World War II, in which Spiegel has had the excellent help of British director David Lean, in charge of the action, and of a fine company of international players.
February 3, 2014
Has no one else found it highly peculiar that damn near everybody's choice for the best movie of (let's say) the decade should be dedicated, inferentially but absolutely, to the proposition that Courage is Madness and Cowardice is Best?
February 3, 2014
Few Second World War films are as enduring as this multi-Oscar-winning examination of the stiff upper lip from director David Lean.
February 11, 2013
It's certainly weathered well thanks to its novel and ingenious approach to presenting multiple perspective of the Second World War.
February 11, 2013
The Bridge on the River Kwai amused and excited me.
January 23, 2013
Part of the success of The Bridge is that its courageous hero is shown from all angles, in all kinds of mirrors. He is strong, stubborn, fallible, maniacal, silly, and wise; and in the end he is pathetic, noble, and foolish.
December 15, 2010
Epic of WWII honor and sacrifice gone haywire.
September 22, 2010
From sky to ground in two shots, and it already feels like we've traversed a great distance, with two and a half hours of skillful, suspenseful WWII adventure to go.
September 20, 2010
The Bridge on the River Kwai is David Lean's last film not to succumb to bloat.
September 10, 2010
[Lean] somehow managed a very pleasing balance.
July 7, 2010
An epic movie which is large in scope and personnel, The Bridge on the River Kwai speaks of the code of honour amongst men during war, the respect shared by enemies of war, and the madness which war evokes.
February 18, 2009
It is a whale of a story, and in the telling of it, British Director David Lean does a whale of a job.
February 19, 2008
A towering work.
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