|DreamWorks Distribution | Release Date: July 24, 1998||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Spectacular, wrenching masterpiece that unflinchingly documents the random horror, the grisly spectacle and the ugliness of war.
In striving to duplicate reality, Spielberg has gone reality one better -- he's playing war, but it's a game no one would ever willingly join in.
A magnificent piece of movie-making.
Feels like the first truly honest attempt to deal with the horrors of combat - and the terrible responsibility shared by all survivors.
Steven Spielberg's new film begins as a monumental epic; then it diminishes; and, by its finish, is baffling. [August 24, 1998]
An exceptionally intense movie whose sheer filmmaking power ultimately transcends all its (many) limitations.
The story raises hard moral questions relating to the relative value of human lives and the overwhelming debt that may be felt by those who benefit when others sacrifice. But the movie falls short of excellence because it doesn't so much explore these issues as finesse them in an action-filled climax. Read full review
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