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Schindler's List Reviews

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 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.
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
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
February 22, 2013
Few American movies since the silent era have had anything approaching this picture's narrative boldness, visual audacity, and emotional directness.
January 16, 2013
What Spielberg has done in this Holocaust story is simply and forcefully place us there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
February 19, 2008
This is the film to win over Spielberg skeptics.
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.
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
February 9, 2006
It's a noble achievement, and essential viewing.
May 20, 2003
Rising brilliantly to the challenge of this material and displaying an electrifying creative intelligence, Mr. Spielberg has made sure that neither he nor the Holocaust will ever be thought of in the same way again.
January 15, 2002
For a movie -- or more accurately, a Hollywood-approved art movie -- this often-stunning work puts the Holocaust into bracing perspective.
May 12, 2001
Schindler's List, despite blatant compromises, is a rending historical document.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Schindler's List is a ruthlessly unsentimental portrait of a German war profiteer's epiphany that inspires neither sorrow nor pity, but a kind of emotional numbness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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