Stalingrad Reviews

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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.
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.
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
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.
February 28, 2014
"Stalingrad" is very impressive in IMAX and 3-D, placing us smack in the middle of a war-like environment. From that standpoint, the film succeeds.
February 28, 2014
Melodramatic but often visually striking, One of the best uses of 3D in film since AVATAR.
February 28, 2014
I'd recommend it just for the window it provides into popular entertainment on the other side of the world.
February 27, 2014
Patriotism, pride, and fireworks trump psychological character development, and that's not a bad thing.
February 27, 2014
Though plenty of road-tested war truths about sacrifice, honor, grit and intimacy get trotted out, "Stalingrad" is deep down a spectacle campaign forged in operatic violence and a siege of the senses, and on those terms it has its moments.
February 27, 2014
[Bondarchuk's] hand tends to feel heavy, especially when he's celebrating young love in wartime (shades of - ugh - "Pearl Harbor"), but the actors sometimes work wonders.
February 27, 2014
If the director and his screenwriters had concocted a scenario to equal their grasp of military calamity, they could have created a classic.
February 27, 2014
Stalingrad wages a hard-fought battle to win over viewers, and while success is achieved, it could have done without some of the heavier romantic overtones.
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