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K-19: The Widowmaker Reviews

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April 18, 2016
The film toys with a Crimson Tide-style mutiny subplot, but without much conviction; director Kathryn Bigelow is more interested in how the crew steel their nerves and find the courage to put their lives at risk for each other.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
March 5, 2013
Why did movie moguls think that this was the right moment for a tale of unflinching loyalty to the Soviet Union?
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 7, 2010
...takes its place among a small group of undersea motion pictures. Unfortunately, it takes its place at the end of the line.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 3, 2006
A brutally effective, brilliantly constructed dramatic thriller.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
K-19 makes an American audience care about Communists trapped between a rock and a hard place deep beneath the sea.
| Original Score: B-
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
May 19, 2004
Kathryn Bigelow's K-19 sinks to a watery grave.
Michael Dequina
January 7, 2004
Manages to find another way to become a big-budget Hollywood summer production that shamelessly panders to the lowest common denominator.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 6, 2004
... A taut, skillfully-executed thriller anchored by two rock-solid leading men.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 4, 2004
Occasionally trying on accents that are reminiscent of a 'Rocky and Bullwinkle' cartoon, Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson have rarely been saddled with such awkward roles.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
O sotaque de Ford é inconstante e Bigelow tenta forçar demais o drama. Vale pela história.
| Original Score: 3/5
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
March 13, 2003
It's a military maxim that there is no room for egos on a submarine. Which prompts the question if there's any more room for another military movie set below the waves?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
This movie has all the hallmarks of a well-made, dramatic film that takes itself just a little too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 3, 2003
The movie is solidly paced and well acted but lacks the emotional connection that might have made it a classic.
| Original Score: B
David Grove
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
A cold war thriller told from the Russian point of view which gives it the appearance of having more credibility and dark truth than if this were an American story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Soviet submarine drama tells a great true story, but lacks depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 3, 2002
There's a distance and lack of focus. Too many scenes descend into guys randomly barking complex technical terms at each other.
| Original Score: 2/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 2, 2002
... may bear a few scars of its Hollywood production, but it's an effecting and hard-hitting drama.
October 29, 2002
'Interesante y disfrutable trabajo gracias a que prescinde del clásico elemento estadounidense patriotero y manipulador.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
An adventure that respects its audience, and does a fine old genre proud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
September 30, 2002
K-19 exploits our substantial collective fear of nuclear holocaust to generate cheap Hollywood tension.
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