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The Bridge on the River Kwai Reviews

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February 9, 2006
A classic example of a film that fudges the issues it raises.
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?
December 13, 2006
For what it is, it ain't bad, though it serves mainly as an illustration of the ancient quandary of revisionist moviemakers: if all you do is systematically invert cliches, you simply end up creating new ones.
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
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
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.
February 11, 2013
The Bridge on the River Kwai amused and excited me.
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
July 4, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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
January 8, 2005
Did Lean ever make a bad film?
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 7, 2002
World War II classic receives brilliant presentation and provides fascinating perspective on DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 9, 2005
Epic wartime storytelling at its most vibrant and satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
February 23, 2015
Suffice it to say, it's a masterpiece... and an epic one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
February 19, 2008
A gripping drama, expertly put together and handled with skill in all departments.
March 5, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
September 26, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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