Stalingrad Reviews

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August 29, 2019
As hard as it tries, Stalingrad is one prodigious, albeit loudly dressed, cliché.
March 8, 2019
For a drama with a heavy emphasis on spectacle, it's an odd sensation when the visuals are so alienating.
August 10, 2018
Manages to achieve the balance between realistic horror and watchability.
January 2, 2018
The director's enthusiasm for the medium cannot be underestimated: warplanes loom from the screen, machineguns splatter in your face, and spectacular flaming flyovers over the Volga abound.
June 21, 2016
The film establishes itself as a work of national pride wrapped in the form of a heritage spectacle.
November 6, 2014
Fedor Bondarchuk's bloody battle epic celebrates the excesses of war cinema far more effectively than it does the heroism of his countrymen.
October 10, 2014
It's exciting to see post-communism Russian cinema patriotically revisiting its own history like this. I didn't mind the clichés, because part of Stalingrad's 131-minute charm is that in some ways it feels 40 years old.
August 18, 2014
Stalingrad is far from a perfect war film, but it does add up to an overall gratifying visual experience.
June 4, 2014
while the narrative encourages a sense of philosophical reflection about the horrors of war, the film's video-game-inspired look constantly puts us at a distance by overly aestheticizing the violence with extreme slow motion and bullet time effects
May 22, 2014
Stalingrad is a film that is completely lacking in substance, not only on the basic storytelling level, but also on the human level.
March 21, 2014
The film isn't as concerned with history as it is with elaborate combat sequences featuring slow-motion bullets and bloodshed more befitting a video game.
March 14, 2014
Sprawling, ultra-violent, carefully plotted, masterfully constructed Russian epic.
March 4, 2014
Stalingrad embraces technology to tell this bloody tale, but also paints a proud, nationalistic portrait of the terrible sacrifices made by civilians and soldiers.
February 28, 2014
There isn't enough humanity under the grime and bullets to fully sustain our interest.
February 28, 2014
Its story is captivating, punctuated with performances that are moving and mesmerizing. Its action is shattering and sensational. Stalingrad is spectacular.
February 28, 2014
The technical skill in making the battle scenes so convincing, for me, is the real draw to see the new "Stalingrad."
February 28, 2014
Too often does [Bondarchuk] goad his characters to brim over with righteous bloodlust-and, despite the occasional obligatory misgiving about the barbarism of war, goads the audience to lust right along with them.
February 28, 2014
If you thought Saving Private Ryan needed to be more like 300, then Stalingrad is the movie for you.
February 28, 2014
IMAX 3D effort is war as death metal concert with HD visuals. Pretty spectacular, even if everything else is mediocre.
February 28, 2014
The set design and the effects are genuinely impressive, and even the least nuanced scenes are not without their mushy charms.
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