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Schindler's List Reviews

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Jeremy Heilman
May 27, 2004
There's no trust here from the director that the audience might be able to fathom the horrors of the Holocaust if the lines between good and bad aren't distinctly drawn.
Full Review | Original Score: 33/100
Joanne Kaufman
People Magazine
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.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
November 28, 2003
A theme park ride masquerading as master's thesis.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dennis King
Tulsa World
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
Mark Steyn
The Spectator
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.
Adam Mars-Jones
Independent (UK)
March 5, 2013
Authentic intensity, emotionalism and botch: the first two marry unexpectedly well, and the third element is by far the smallest, but it is there, and it means that the film is less than the touted breakthrough for the cinema.
April 17, 2001
The documentary style allows Spielberg to deliver his message without preaching. The clever use of light and shade also makes it visually stunning.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
March 9, 2013
Schindler's List is one of Steven Spielberg's most powerful films, capturing the tragedy and horror while still finding room to inspire and move generations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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.
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
Emma Dibdin
Total Film
February 22, 2013
Profoundly moving, profoundly shocking, profoundly important.
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What is most amazing about this film is how completely Spielberg serves his story. The movie is brilliantly acted, written, directed and seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Because this film touches us so deeply, the catharsis has a power that few -- if any -- other moments in film history can match.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 6, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
February 22, 2013
Few American movies since the silent era have had anything approaching this picture's narrative boldness, visual audacity, and emotional directness.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
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
Phil Villarreal
March 6, 2013
The moving film may be arduous to watch, but brilliantly acting and painstaking accuracy make it a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Szymanski
October 3, 2003
A masterpiece of epic proportions. Nothing captures all the different sides of the terror of the Holocaust as well as this gripping story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
February 20, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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