|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.
A harrowing World War II epic about the struggle to uphold decency in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, the visual masterwork finds Spielberg atop his craft, weaving heart-pounding action and gut-wrenching emotion — often during the same sequence — that will leave viewers silently shaken. Read full review
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.
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