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Saving Private Ryan Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
August 18, 2007
It's forty minutes of steely violence and two hours of cliche-ridden flab.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
I found it tediously manipulative despite its Herculean energy.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Why did Spielberg make it? He wants us to imagine we can feel the terror of being there, but does that make us any wiser about this or any other conflict? Probably not.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Saving Private Ryan is an incredible movie, a near-masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chuck O'Leary
March 4, 2006
The opening 30 minutes are so devastating that much of what follows ends up feeling anticlimactic. Good, but overrated.
Read More | Original Score: 7/10
Emanuel Levy
December 11, 2005
The movie epitomizes the paradox of all great filmmaking: It's a thrillingly violent war drama about an unbearably painful subject.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Neither wholly condemning war, nor spouting patriotism, Spielberg shows us the price we pay.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Saving Private Ryan is a first-class war movie with some absolutely brilliant, gut-wrenching moments, especially the beginning minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Most of the film is an accomplished, visionary work.
Read More | Original Score: A

Empire Magazine
November 10, 2004
Uncompromising, powerful war movie that does not pull any punches. Pefectly balances the inhumanity of war and the humanity of its protagonists. Devastating and essential viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 28, 2004
It's Spielberg at his best, although the movie doesn't match the primal thrills of Jaws or the overwhelming excellence of Schindler's List.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dragan Antulov
April 12, 2004
Even the music score by John Williams, one of the most important ingredients of Spielberg's magic formula, is hardly memorable. The acting, on the other hand, is very good.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Carlo Cavagna
August 11, 2003
The first half hour alone forever redefines the war movie genre. Ryan has just one minor flaw: the plot is completely contrived. And if you can characterize a weak story as just a minor flaw... well, that's some damn fine filmmaking.
| Original Score: A
July 30, 2003
The movie's greatest strength lies in phenomenal performances that reach from the leads right down to the smallest supporting roles...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
The platoon is an unlikely combination of heroes, cowards and crusaders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
One of the best war films ever made. You don't just see it, you live through it. You survive it and after it, you feel like you know just a little bit what it is like to be in a war.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
This film does for World War II what Platoon and The Deer Hunter did for Vietnam. It takes you there.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Saving Private Ryan is an extraordinary experience at many moments, and it deserves to be seen...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Saving Private Ryan is far from flawless, but it's an important movie. It shows what America was once capable of, how a threat to freedom and justice was met with resolve and bravery, and how a great victory came at great cost.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Very few movies strike the delicate balance that Private Ryan maintains between harsh reality and higher purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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