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  • Summary: U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behindU.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the SEAL creed to “leave no man behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind. [Warner Bros.] Expand
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  1. Positive: 36 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Jan 3, 2015
    100
    It shows Eastwood, at 84, in his finest directorial effort since the 2008 "Gran Torino," while painting on a much broader canvas. Utterly in command of his epic material, he films the Iraqi action in terse, tense panoramas with little cinematic editorializing, as if he were an old Greek or Hebrew God who is never surprised at man’s ability to kill his fellow men, or to find reasons to do so. Directing 34 films over 44 years, Eastwood has honed his craft to its essentials: make it seem as if the story is telling itself.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jan 15, 2015
    88
    American Sniper may be the hardest, truest movie ever made about the experience of men in war. Why? Because there’s no glory in it.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jan 16, 2015
    80
    What we're left with is something sobering but searing, muscular but compassionate.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Dec 22, 2014
    75
    Cooper, to his credit, rarely flinches, never chest-thumps and never loses his cool, even when Kyle is starting to lose his. It’s a masterful interpretation of a man with a lot more on his mind and blood on his hands than he was ever inclined to let on. And it’s a performance worthy of Eastwood himself — 50 years ago.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jan 15, 2015
    75
    The battle scenes are alternately tense and thrilling, especially during one climactic sequence.
  6. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Jan 14, 2015
    60
    Eastwood doesn’t care about the legend. Instead, he shows us Kyle much as he saw his targets: with that strange combination of extreme intimacy and extreme remove that a long-range sight confers.
  7. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Nov 12, 2014
    40
    Director Clint Eastwood‘s focus on Kyle is so tight that no other character, including wife Taya (Sienna Miller), comes through as a person, and the scope so narrow that the film engages only superficially with the many moral issues surrounding the Iraq War.

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  1. Negative: 34 out of 160
  1. Dec 30, 2014
    10
    One of the major tenets of Clint Eastwood's ebullient career is his commitment to surprising us. He continually pursued unexpected projects -One of the major tenets of Clint Eastwood's ebullient career is his commitment to surprising us. He continually pursued unexpected projects - from female boxing to the Japanese wartime point of view. If you were to guess who was going to direct The Bridges of Madison County (1995) or Jersey Boys (2014), Eastwood would be near the bottom of the list.

    In 2014 he accomplished one of his best surprises. After years in which he seemed to have lost his touch and even his spirit, Eastwood came roaring back.

    American Sniper is essential Eastwood. The film - based on actual sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) who served four tours in Iraq - has intriguing levels and potency. Ennio Morricone's music at the end brings Eastwood's phenomenal career echoing back.

    Eastwood can make films that appeal both to conservatives and liberals. That's a rare ability. American Sniper is one of those films.
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  2. Jan 25, 2015
    10
    Absolutely magnificent! Nothing can possibly compare to the feat of strength, bravery, and selflessness Chris Kyle had. He saved countlessAbsolutely magnificent! Nothing can possibly compare to the feat of strength, bravery, and selflessness Chris Kyle had. He saved countless American lives. He laid his life down for the service of our country. Clint Eastwood brought to life an amazing story of a hero. A man set on God, Country, and Family. No movie before could possible provide the spine chilling adaptation of war than this film. The sacrifices depicted in this movie are unbelievable. Chris Kyle was a true patriot, and this movie showed every bit of his, spirit, sense of humor, honor, and dignity. Bradly Cooper brought an Oscar winning performance. Be prepared to hold back tears through the whole movie and grip your seat at every intense moment that will leave you silent and motionless once it's over. And above all thank you Chris Kyle and all of those men who fought for our country. I honor you. Expand
  3. Jan 27, 2015
    9
    It was an awesome movies, m'kay? It's got a good story telling, while Clint Eastwood directing this movie. But, it's still not showing how heIt was an awesome movies, m'kay? It's got a good story telling, while Clint Eastwood directing this movie. But, it's still not showing how he is f---ing dead! I wan't to know more about it, honestly... I wonder why it's showed on the goddamn news, but not the movie... Expand
  4. Feb 22, 2015
    7
    The movie is not bad, but it is nowhere near the hype that it got by both critics and public. It lacks depth and plot development. IThe movie is not bad, but it is nowhere near the hype that it got by both critics and public. It lacks depth and plot development. I personally think that Fury was a way better war drama with better acting perfomances. However, it's a good film and worthy of your time if you've got nothing else to do. Expand
  5. Jan 9, 2015
    6
    The movie succeeds on a technical level, although I can't say I was overly impressed on the whole. While Bradley Cooper nails the role, theThe movie succeeds on a technical level, although I can't say I was overly impressed on the whole. While Bradley Cooper nails the role, the mostly boring war sequences consumes too much of the movie. Expand
  6. Jan 15, 2015
    5
    Please don't assume by the mediocre score that I am in anyway less than thrilled that they made this movie. In fact the most likelyPlease don't assume by the mediocre score that I am in anyway less than thrilled that they made this movie. In fact the most likely explanation for my low score was the incredibly high expectations I had for it and my anxious anticipation to be rewarded with a visual representation of the book that I loved so much.
    For starters I am navy combat veteran though I never came under enemy fire, much less experienced anything remotely reminiscent of what CK underwent. I have read the book a couple times and the thing that gets me about the book is how much (in spite of our very different experiences) I related to his experience and to him personally. I didn't get that with the movie. The impossible task of adapting an autobiography for film is the inability to capture the voice in the authors head. I also was distracted by Bradley Cooper as CK which isn't any fault of Mr. Cooper's other than being a familiar face. Time constraints obviously meant that large swaths of the story had to be cut, but I would have preferred tackling fewer accounts but developing them completely. Chris Kyle was far to complex a man to have his life told in cliff note form. I also was distracted by some Hollywood bad habits as pertains to gun play but nobody but a nerd like me cares about that stuff.
    I was so invested in this being good that I had nowhere to go but down.
    My favorite part of the film was the news footage at the very end. That could have easily been a mini documentary in it's own right I would have stayed an extra hour to watch.
    I guess to sum up I anticipated getting emotional during the film but it wasn't until the credits that I shed a tear.
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  7. Feb 6, 2015
    0
    An awful film that'll brainwash ignorant white people into believing Muslim's are a threat. I can only imagine some of the poor people nowAn awful film that'll brainwash ignorant white people into believing Muslim's are a threat. I can only imagine some of the poor people now afraid to go outside because a stupid white person would attack them. This is by far one of the worst films to be released in a long time and gives off the awful stereotype that all Muslim's are associated with films. If you have even the slightest ounce or decency or common sense you'll avoid this film at all costs. Expand

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