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Saving Private Ryan Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
June 8, 2015
[Saving Private Ryan] accomplishes something I had been taught was most difficult -- making an action-filled anti-war film or, at least, one that doesn't in some way glorify or lie about combat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 8, 2015
Steven Spielberg's film is not perfect: it plays its strongest card first, the middle section is slightly uneven, and there are sallies into sentimentality. But it is a modern war classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 8, 2015
Saving Private Ryan is a masterpiece. It cements Steven Spielberg's reputation as one of the seminal filmmakers of the era.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 27, 2014
One of Spielberg's most difficult "problem" films.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 19, 2014
The film is directed by Steven Spielberg, and breaks new ground in content and style. It merges some of the most realistically disturbing battle footage ever included in a feature film with a touching human story.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
August 19, 2014
This is Spielberg's way of showing that these warriors were ordinary men -- men who, if they survived, became the grandfathers and great-grandfathers who, these days, pass largely unnoticed through life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 19, 2014
If Steven Spielberg's emotional intelligence matched his visual genius, his harrowing, passionately felt and honorably flawed new film might qualify for one of the greatest American movies ever made about World War II.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
August 19, 2014
Spielberg is telling his fellow Americans to appreciate the sacrifices their forebears have made and to act accordingly.
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Peter Rainer
New Times
August 19, 2014
Spielberg puts us through the hair-trigger terrors of combat in a way no other filmmaker has ever dared, and yet there's a gentleness to his enterprise. He's interested in the humaneness that comes through the horror.
Philip Booth
Orlando Weekly
August 19, 2014
Spielberg's latest masterwork, pairing America's director with '90s Everyman Tom Hanks, makes a natural companion piece to his similarly disturbing Schindler's List.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 19, 2014
Spielberg's typically overindulgent sensibilities mute the impact of the film's more overtly captivating moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
August 2, 2013
Spielberg accomplishes these goals with a technical virtuosity that no other director, arguably in the history of the cinema, can even approach.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
August 2, 2013
Saving Private Ryan is the war movie to end all war movies. It's the ultimate combat film, far outdistancing what until now had been the genre's World War II classics.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
August 2, 2013
Ultimately, it lacks the resonance of such classics as All Quiet on the Western Front, but this is still well-meaning, strongly acted and slickly mounted, and ranks among the director's very best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun
August 2, 2013
By now we expect this level of performance and narrative competence from a Spielberg film. But what makes Saving Private Ryan a watershed is its emotional maturity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Total Film
August 2, 2013
Technically, it may be the best-made war movie yet, but dramatically, it barely delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 2, 2013
Its dramatic shortcomings may demote Private Ryan from the ranks of battlefield classics, but the film explodes romantic notions of World War II like an artillery shell bursting through the center of your rib cage.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 2, 2013
The cast functions as an effective and believable unit. And Hanks gives a strong, increasingly solemn performance as its mysterious leader.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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