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Saving Private Ryan Reviews

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Leah Rozen
People Magazine
August 2, 2013
After seeing Ryan, many of us will look at our aging fathers or grandfathers with a newfound respect.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 2, 2013
Dramatic lapses notwithstanding, Saving Private Ryan goes beyond technical dazzlement to put a new, indelibly terrible face on war.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 2, 2013
Calling it the greatest war movie ever made does a disservice to other, equally worthwhile, lower-profile films. But it's still an excellent movie, as effective in battle scenes as it is in that of soldiers ruminating on an Edith Piaf song.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
August 2, 2013
The result is staggering.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 2, 2013
Anyone who would like to know what superb filmmaking is all about need look no further than this overpowering movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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August 2, 2013
What Steven Spielberg has accomplished in Saving Private Ryan is to make violence terrible again. Nothing in the movie's melodramatic narrative can diminish the shocking immediacy of its combat scenes.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 2, 2013
Searing, heartbreaking, so intense it turns your body into a single tube of clenched muscle, this is simply the greatest war movie ever made, and one of the great American movies.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 2, 2013
Spielberg goes a long, long way toward overcoming his tendencies toward the shallow, but the visceral punch of his not-quite-masterful film is softened by an almost neurotic slickness that keeps getting in the way of the [issues it raises].
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 2, 2013
Spielberg obviously decided that blood and guts meant just that, and so he arranged his violence into a semblance of pure disorder. The illusion holds, complete with severed limbs and wellsprings of blood, and it feels honorable.
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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
August 2, 2013
Saving Private Ryan is Steven Spielberg's best war film and one of the two or three best movies the director has made.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 2, 2013
The great Hollywood battle films have told us repeatedly that war is hell. Saving Private Ryan, more than any other, is the one that shows it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Hillel Italie
Associated Press
August 2, 2013
War may be a faceless affair, but war movies shouldn't be.

Film4
October 3, 2011
Thanks to Hanks, and Spielberg's technical finesse, this develops into a powerful and potent portrayal of men at war, and those opening 20 minutes are worth the price of entry alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Bloody, tragic war epic doesn't hold back.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 30, 2010
It deserved all the honors it received, looks and sounds great on Blu-ray, and safely remains among the best war movies of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
AskMen.com Staff
AskMen.com
February 17, 2010
Saving Private Ryan set a new benchmark for realism in WWII films, and defined war movies for a generation. A film of scope and vision rarely experienced, its award-winning cinematography and sound editing helped convey the blood-chilling images of
Full Review | Original Score: 94/100
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
Private Ryan resembles the director's other so-called mature efforts by putting a positive spin on unspeakable horrors.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 14, 2009
Violent, harrowing, and horrific; you bet. This is not a movie to take your children to see, or even a date. And it's definitely not worth seeing alone. How the ratings board gave this movie an "R" rating is a mystery. Well, maybe not.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
January 2, 2009
I personally have never fought in a war before but I would go out on a limb and say that the first twenty minutes of the film may be the most realistic war scene I have seen.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 9, 2008
No further commentary is needed when the raw brutality of combat is presented as indelibly as it is here.
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