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The Bridge on the River Kwai Reviews

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November 8, 2006
Alec Guinness' outstanding performance is one of the many things that work in David Lean's intriguing epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 15, 2006
Still one of the most rousing war films, Lean's epic is rich in characters and marked by an ironic and ambiguous POV in the way that it depicts the conflict between Guinness, Hayakawa, and Holden, as individuals and symbols of their national cultures.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 23, 2006
Alec Guinness won his only non-honorary Oscar for this film (did you know he'd be nominated for writing the following year?), and boy is it deserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 9, 2006
A classic example of a film that fudges the issues it raises.
November 9, 2005
Epic wartime storytelling at its most vibrant and satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 10, 2005
One of the best war movies, mixed with one of the best action movies, mixed with one of Alex Guinness' best performances mixed with a killer score? One of the greats.
| Original Score: 5/5
January 8, 2005
Did Lean ever make a bad film?
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 7, 2004
A spellbinding character study wrapped in a great adventure story.
| Original Score: 5/5
July 30, 2003
This intelligent and exciting WWII tale, masterfully helmed by Lean (at the start of his 'epic' period), features a splendid performance from Guinness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 3, 2003
In my opinion, it is one of the two best films to emerge from a very strong decade of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 20, 2003
Brilliant is the word, and no other, to describe the quality of skills that have gone into the making of this picture.
January 10, 2003
somehow elevates what begins as a...tiresomely chest-beating Patriotism picture into one of the most gripping and unsimplified statements the cinema has ever made about war.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 26, 2002
One of the most rousing and inspiring war films, this is also a psychological battle of wills. The intensity between Hayakawa and Guinness is captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2002
World War II classic receives brilliant presentation and provides fascinating perspective on DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 30, 2002
Guinness is wonderful; one of the all-time greats. You can watch it a hundred times and it stills holds the same fascination and impact as the first viewing.
| Original Score: 5/5
April 17, 2001
Lean achieves a fine balance of creating complex characters from a fine cast, while keeping the pace up throughout this long movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 13, 2001
Hitler has only got one ball! Goering has two but very small
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 1, 2000
Most war movies are either for or against their wars. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) is one of the few that focuses not on larger rights and wrongs but on individuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
A tense, terrifying, absolutely riveting film about the ironies of war and the deadly psychological games enemy soldiers play with each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
January 1, 2000
The film has great themes ... fascinating characters expertly acted, a compelling plot and brilliant direction by one of the masters of the epic, David Lean.
Read More | Original Score: 94/100
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