Essentially a melodrama, Yanks is unique only in its direction by John Schlesinger who follows his Sunday Bloody Sunday vein and focuses on a finely drawn character study. However, like Sunday Bloody Sunday too little happens and, unique to Yanks, the characters don't rise above stereotypes. One American is a womanizer, another a stern administrator, and the third a milquetoast romantic.
Lisa Eichhorn plays torn loyalties well, but the rest of the performances are not exceptionally noteworthy.
Overall, there isn't much to like about Yanks, a film that takes no risks with characters that have little charisma.