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Schindler's List Reviews

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Derek Malcolm
February 22, 2013
Ultimately, the film is memorable as much for simple testimony as for the cinematic art it displays.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
February 22, 2013
Schindler's List serves up three full hours of brilliant storytelling that's as humane and compassionate as it is gripping and provocative.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 16, 2013
What Spielberg has done in this Holocaust story is simply and forcefully place us there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
January 15, 2013
There are a few moments -- a handful, out of a three-hour film -- in which Spielberg does push the story into melodrama. As for the rest, though, Schindler's List has a real and unexpected integrity.
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Accurate, heartbreaking masterpiece about the Holocaust.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jordan Hiller
December 2, 2009
Schindler's List, because it is so finely crafted and authentic, truly allows one to experience the devastating, calculated breakdown of a Polish Jew in 1939 through the end of the war.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 6, 2009
Schindler's List is a film whose meanings are to be found less in its uplifting outline than in its harrowing flow of images -- images of fear, hope, horror, compassion, degradation, chaos, and death.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
In a film that is mostly black and white, small touches of color -- a candle flame; a child's coat, bright red -- bring the enormity of the tragedy into excruciating focus.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
July 5, 2008
a beautiful masterpiece... even though it's the hardest movie ever to watch
| Original Score: 5/5
Rory L. Aronsky
Screen It!
April 10, 2008
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Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 18, 2008
Accessible ... .
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Todd McCarthy
February 19, 2008
This is the film to win over Spielberg skeptics.
Colin Kennedy
Empire Magazine
February 19, 2008
This is a beautifully crafted, hopeful movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

February 19, 2008
A heart-rending and redemptive Holocaust story, this Oscar-grabbing epic added to Spielberg's directorial credibility, showing he could handle controversial, sophisticated stories with real sensitivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 9, 2007
Spielberg made the picture with sufficient professional gravitas to signal that he understood the line he was walking. But it is ultimately just a movie, and we all know that in a black-and-white film, chocolate syrup can be read as blood.
Full Review| Original Score: 87/100
Rob Gonsalves
August 18, 2007
Spielberg has painted his masterpiece with his own blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 10, 2007
Not only is the subject matter different for Spielberg, the way it is treated is a departure both for him and for the business as usual standards of major studio releases.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 5, 2007
The [film succeeds] at conveying some of the enormity of the Holocaust, as well as some of its banal details, in a fully accessible manner, at a time when much of our collective memory and understanding of it is rapidly slipping away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andy Kurtz
February 3, 2007
The movie is raw and unexpected and it vividly depicts the Holocaust in all its monstrousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
October 2, 2006
Spielberg's tribute to the Holocaust reps Hollywood cinema at its best. Looking at the phenom from Schindler's narrow POV, the film is sharply-written and anchored by three great actors, Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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