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Schindler's List Reviews

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April 26, 2018
It's a stunning achievement, a film that re-creates the Holocaust not as something abstract, but as felt knowledge.
March 1, 2018
...a most credible and realistic film. [Full Review in Spnaish]
March 1, 2018
Enough to give you hope for the future of American movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 28, 2018
Schindler's List is bearable when the characters keep the tension, but the film lapses when its epic drama and sentimentality take over. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 28, 2017
Schindler's List, with its grave documentary thoroughness and moral complexity, rewrites film history. It is one of the cinema's finest achievements.
February 23, 2016
It was (and remains) irreducibly [Spielberg's] masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 23, 2016
Spielberg understands that that tension is a problem not just of filming the subject, but of the subject itself: that the tale of any one individual has to struggle to avoid being swamped by the sheer scale of horror.
February 23, 2016
With seemingly effortless grace and skill, Schindler's List balances fear and exaltation, humor and horror, love and death. It evokes, superbly, a time of savagery and grief, and the inexplicable, stunning compassion that rises within and against it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 23, 2016
It's an extraordinary work of vision and passion that raises even the gifted Spielberg to a new level of artistry. And like all great works, it elevates everyone who views it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 17, 2015
Spielberg ultimately remains Spielberg, finding his enduring themes within Thomas Keneally's novel and giving them the full Spielberg treatment.
January 7, 2014
For this film Spielberg has done the best directing of his career. Much of his previous work has been clever and some of it better than that, but Schindler's List is masterly.
January 6, 2014
Despite admirable intentions and the undeniable splendor of his craft, ultimately what Spielberg has told is the story of the list; he has not told the story of Schindler.
January 6, 2014
Spielberg uses stark, brutal realism to put over his powerful points about racism and ethnic cleansing, and the use of stunning black-and-white photography and gritty hand-held camera footage give the film a potent documentary style.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 30, 2013
Not so important socially as it thinks it is, perhaps, but even more important aesthetically and thematically.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
May 6, 2013
More than any previous non-documentary Holocaust movie, this one convinces through the accumulation of such detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 6, 2013
Schindler's List is filmed in black and white, but the triumph of Neeson's portrait and Steven Zaillian's screenplay is that Oskar Schindler remains gray and enigmatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 6, 2013
Spielberg never solves the Schindler riddle, which keeps this from being a truly great picture. He does bring to Schindler's List the technical skill and dazzling smoothness of a movie-making natural.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 6, 2013
The movie exudes an inescapable realism. Unlike a pastiche of newsreel footage, however, Spielberg craftily imbues Steven Zaillian's masterful screenplay with an emotionally charged examination of calculated brutality.
May 6, 2013
What the visual immediacy of Schindler's List does is to prod each of us to fill in the gaps of emotion for ourselves. To put this another way, the more you are able to invest in this superb, demanding film, the more you are likely to get back.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 6, 2013
It looks, without ever averting its gaze, at the darkest of the dark.
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