Stalingrad Reviews

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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.
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
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
The set design and the effects are genuinely impressive, and even the least nuanced scenes are not without their mushy charms.
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 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
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
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
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
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.
February 27, 2014
After a devastating opening, the movie gets sluggish here and there, but it remains interesting throughout, not just culturally, but as a piece of drama.
February 27, 2014
If you're going to make a movie about the bloodiest battle in human history, perhaps there's no place for subtlety. "Stalingrad" goes for big explosions and bigger theatrics, and it works.
February 27, 2014
There's just one problem: The story.
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