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Saving Private Ryan Reviews

July 24, 2017
If words occasionally fail the picture, the images speak indelible volumes.
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
June 8, 2015
Saving Private Ryan is a masterpiece. It cements Steven Spielberg's reputation as one of the seminal filmmakers of the era.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
August 2, 2013
Dramatic lapses notwithstanding, Saving Private Ryan goes beyond technical dazzlement to put a new, indelibly terrible face on war.
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.
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
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.
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.
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].
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.
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.
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
August 2, 2013
War may be a faceless affair, but war movies shouldn't be.
September 9, 2008
No further commentary is needed when the raw brutality of combat is presented as indelibly as it is here.
April 27, 2007
I found it tediously manipulative despite its Herculean energy.
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.
July 12, 2002
The greatest Steven Spielberg movie since the last great one? Sure.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 14, 2001
A powerful and impressive milestone in the realistic depiction of combat, Saving Private Ryan is as much an experience we live through as a film we watch on screen.
January 1, 2000
A war film that, entirely aware of its genre's conventions, transcends them as it transcends the simplistic moralities that inform its predecessors, to take the high, morally haunting ground.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
It has a few pretty good action moments, a lot of spilled guts, a few moments of drama that don't seem phony or hollow, some fairly strained period ambience, and a bit of sentimental morphing that reminds me of Forrest Gump.
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
Gripping and satisfying in a way that no mere summer event movie could ever be.
January 1, 2000
Launches and climaxes with two of the greatest extended battle sequences ever put on film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Using the overpowering techniques of modern film, Steven Spielberg has cut through the glory-tinged gauze that shrouds World War II to reveal its brutal reality, creating a phenomenology of violence unsurpassed in the history of cinema.
January 1, 2000
As compelling, intimate and brutally realistic an account of men at war as you've ever seen.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Has 'masterpiece' written all over it.
January 1, 2000
A flawed but masterful film.
January 1, 2000
Spielberg opens in flashback with a half-hour set piece brilliant enough to climax any other masterpiece.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
For those who are willing to brave the movie's shocking and unforgettable images, Saving Private Ryan offers a singular motion picture experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Despite nearly six decades of filmmakers trying to come to grips with [World War II, Saving Private Ryan] feels like the first truly honest attempt to deal with the horrors of combat -- and the terrible responsibility shared by all survivors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Spielberg has captured the hair-trigger instability of modern combat.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 1, 2000
A soberly magnificent new war film.
January 1, 2000
Spielberg has taken us back to basics -- back to art, back to amazement at the film medium itself.
January 1, 2000
A powerful experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4