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  • Summary: Inspired by a true story, the film follows the heroism of Captain Alexei Vostrikov (Ford) who, at the height of the Cold War, is ordered to take command of the nuclear missile submarine K-19 away from its original commander Captain Mikhail Polenin (Neeson). Vostrikov's mission is to quickly ready the ill-prepared sub for her maiden voyage -- no matter what the cost. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. 80
    May be a bit too grim and claustrophobic to become a certifiable summer blockbuster, but it's a pulse-pounding thriller that brings one of the Cold War's darkest and deadliest episodes to the big screen.
  2. 75
    K-19 will not go down in the annals of cinema as one of the great submarine stories, but it is an engaging and exciting narrative of Man confronting the Demons of his own fear and paranoia.
  3. Bigelow gives this film edge, tension and something you aren't expecting: a woman's touch for teasing out the buried emotion beneath those stoic surfaces.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    60
    Obediently follows the verities of the submarine movie and its true story origins but without the imagination needed to refresh the genre.
  5. 60
    While watchable, skews more toward the drier expectations fostered by that publication's name then the more exciting, explosive ones associated with the genre.
  6. The movie becomes an American salute to military patriotism, anybody's military patriotism. Think of it as "A Few Good Reds."
  7. Rarely has a major motion picture -- and this one is major by virtue of its misplaced ambition as well as its budget -- been afflicted by such flagrant dissonance between subject and style.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. Vladimir
    Dec 28, 2002
    10
    I understand that the most of American viewers did not like this movie, because popular Hollywood tricks such as mass drinking scenes and masturbating in a latrine were cut from the movie. But still there are some people, who see and appreciate great job of producers, who has shown us almost forgotten history. It was a hard film to see, at least for me, who knows what radiation is. Collapse

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