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K-19: The Widowmaker Reviews

March 5, 2013
Why did movie moguls think that this was the right moment for a tale of unflinching loyalty to the Soviet Union?
August 9, 2002
Read More | Original Score: C+
July 25, 2002
What could have been a movie packed with historical significance and nail-gnawing underwater tension ends up little more than a lumbering public-service announcement for the human spirit.
July 23, 2002
Bigelow hits all her marks and more within the narrow parameters.
July 22, 2002
[A] really strong work from start to finish.
July 19, 2002
More intellectually scary than dramatically involving.
July 19, 2002
Gets stuck in a no man's land between the real and the fictional.
July 19, 2002
Though this saga would be terrific to read about, it is dicey screen material that only a genius should touch.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 19, 2002
The movie's centrepiece is as close to tour-de-force suspense filmmaking as you'll see anywhere this summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 19, 2002
Within the clutter of accents and heavenly choirs -- Klaus Badelt's score is at times a bit much -- lurks a good story. And, in midsummer, that's often all we can ask for.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 19, 2002
Bigelow is known for making good, visceral movies, but here she adopts a kind of dignified watchfulness, and that feels right for the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 19, 2002
A salute is in order for Bigelow, a director who knows how to navigate macho terrain without losing her human compass.
July 19, 2002
It's no Das Boot, Crimson Tide or The Enemy Below. But it's no embarrassment, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 19, 2002
A thriller without a lot of thrills.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 19, 2002
Despite its exciting moments, the film is too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 19, 2002
If you enjoy the tense claustrophobia of submarine thrillers, K-19 fills the bill.
Read More | Original Score: B+
July 19, 2002
Apart from its exhaustingly repetitive attention to the contrasting Ford and Neeson characters, the movie has virtually no interest in the secondary and tertiary characters whose heroism, jitters, sacrifice and suffering are at the heart of the story.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 19, 2002
As intelligent as it is suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 19, 2002
At its best, it almost makes you feel proud to have been a Soviet communist, -- even if you weren't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 19, 2002
While the film deals with serious issues based on fact, its emotional tone is too solemn. All hands aboard K-19 seem to have deluded themselves into believing that they're making an American Das Boot.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 19, 2002
It's not your Dad's submarine melodrama, and, for the most part, it's exciting stuff.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 19, 2002
The movie, from director Kathryn Bigelow, can't keep track of what course it wants to steer.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 19, 2002
It's almost impossible not to be moved by the movie's depiction of sacrifice and its stirring epilogue in post-Soviet Russia.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 19, 2002
[Bigelow] is an expert technician who never steps wrong and is skilled at exploiting the personal qualities of Ford and Neeson to add another level of uncertainty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 18, 2002
Remember The Hunt for Red October, in which Sean Connery played a Russian sub captain without modifying his Scottish burr in the slightest? He's my hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 50/100
July 18, 2002
Sleek and suspenseful.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 18, 2002
Joins Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot at the top of a very short list of the best submarine movies ever made.
July 18, 2002
A tense, swift drama of mechanical catastrophe and dueling egos.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 18, 2002
Pleasantly old-fashioned for the most part, K-19 frankly spends more time than is necessary on these preliminaries. It becomes another, better movie when the nuclear crisis begins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 18, 2002
Never before have I seen a men-of-war film more notable for its psychology than its spectacle.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 18, 2002
K-19 is so unnervingly square that it seems eerily like Party-sanctioned Soviet filmmaking.
July 18, 2002
K-19: The Widowmaker is a great yarn.
July 18, 2002
'K-19' isn't a movie that will necessarily charge up the kind of audience that embraces the overblown plot gimmicks of 'The Sum of All Fears' or the stylized paranoia of 'The Bourne Identity', but Bigelow makes 'K-19' an effective and moving thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 18, 2002
A taut, sobering film.
Read More | Original Score: B+
July 18, 2002
K-19 may not hold a lot of water as a submarine epic, but it holds even less when it turns into an elegiacally soggy Saving Private Ryanovich.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 16, 2002
Obediently follows the verities of the submarine movie and its true story origins but without the imagination needed to refresh the genre.
July 16, 2002
This submarine drama earns the right to be favorably compared to Das Boot.
July 16, 2002
K-19 will not go down in the annals of cinema as one of the great submarine stories, but it is an engaging and exciting narrative of Man confronting the Demons of his own fear and paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4