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The Bridge on the River Kwai Reviews

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
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.
Bill Gibron
February 23, 2015
Suffice it to say, it's a masterpiece... and an epic one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Andrew Collins
Radio Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
February 11, 2013
It's certainly weathered well thanks to its novel and ingenious approach to presenting multiple perspective of the Second World War.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Hatch
The Nation
February 11, 2013
The Bridge on the River Kwai amused and excited me.
Top Critic
Philip Roth
The New Republic
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.
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Epic of WWII honor and sacrifice gone haywire.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christian Blauvelt
Slant Magazine
September 20, 2010
The Bridge on the River Kwai is David Lean's last film not to succumb to bloat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 10, 2010
[Lean] somehow managed a very pleasing balance.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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TIME Magazine
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.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
February 19, 2008
A towering work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

February 19, 2008
Guinness, Lean and British war cinema have never been better.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mike Kaplan
February 19, 2008
A gripping drama, expertly put together and handled with skill in all departments.
Steve Crum
July 2, 2007
One of THE great action sagas, and at the top of David Lean's form.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 2, 2007
Antiheroic war epic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
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
Emanuel Levy
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-
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