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The Bridge on the River Kwai Reviews

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Phil Hardy
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A classic example of a film that fudges the issues it raises.
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Jerry Tallmer
Village Voice
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?
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.
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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.
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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
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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.
Robert Hatch
The Nation
February 11, 2013
The Bridge on the River Kwai amused and excited me.
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 4, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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James Berardinelli
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
Michael Szymanski
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
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 8, 2005
Did Lean ever make a bad film?
| Original Score: 5/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
World War II classic receives brilliant presentation and provides fascinating perspective on DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
November 9, 2005
Epic wartime storytelling at its most vibrant and satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
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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Mike Kaplan
February 19, 2008
A gripping drama, expertly put together and handled with skill in all departments.
Rebecca Murray
March 5, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
September 26, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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