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.
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.
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.
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
Overall, Stalingrad is a bizarre concoction, part Putin-era patriotic chest-thumping and part creaky war melodrama, all set in a superbly recreated ruined city.
February 28, 2014
Stalingrad is long and operatic, but its message is simple enough: War is hell, but hell, it makes for good cinema.
February 28, 2014
To wave a flag, sing a song and celebrate it as the uncomplicated and inevitable victory of good over evil is the sort of easy message only an old propagandist - or a president for life - could really cheer.
February 27, 2014
Much of it feels like 'Nation's Pride,' the Nazi propaganda pastiche screened during the climax of 'Inglourious Basterds.'
February 27, 2014
Stalingrad largely succeeds in sensory terms but doesn't fare so well in dramatic ones.
February 27, 2014
A film that seeks to memorialize by blunt force.
February 27, 2014
Stalingrad tries so hard to be epic that it frequently gets confused and bogged down with peripheral characters.
February 27, 2014
Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk's treatment of the World War II turning point is shallow and contrived, if sometimes impressively staged. The movie wins points, however, for sheer wackiness.
February 27, 2014
It's hardly the contemporary answer to "Battleship Potemkin," but the World War II drama "Stalingrad" does hold the distinction of being the biggest box-office success in Russian cinema history.
February 27, 2014
What begins as a hellish depiction of war begins to turn into "3 Godfathers."
February 27, 2014
Stalingrad is a battle, all right. But it's one that the audience loses.
February 27, 2014
These are larger-than-life war heroes-eight stories larger, as IMAX will boast-and Stalingrad enshrines them like figures in a 3-D diorama, which may be more dynamic than bronze, but no less tacky.
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