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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 645 Ratings

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  1. AMovieCritic
    Jul 8, 2005
    6
    This was a very cool movie. I really enjoyed parts of it, and it really is something that should be seen by many people. This shows how war (I assume,)is really like. It's really an interesting movie, and (I'm sure,) very realistic. Spielberg's direction is flawless, and you really feel like you are in the action. Great movie. ...for a while. Unfortunately, as is often the This was a very cool movie. I really enjoyed parts of it, and it really is something that should be seen by many people. This shows how war (I assume,)is really like. It's really an interesting movie, and (I'm sure,) very realistic. Spielberg's direction is flawless, and you really feel like you are in the action. Great movie. ...for a while. Unfortunately, as is often the problem with Spielberg's movies, this goes on for way too long. At 2 hours and 30 minutes, this is a very long movie, and near the end of it, I just kind of lost interest. It just becomes too much. The movie says all it needs to say, and shows all it needs to show, but it keeps going. When they got to the last town, I just lost all interest. A very good movie, but way too long-winded. Expand
  2. Jun 8, 2011
    5
    Some interesting direction in the opening and climactic battle scenes, but the film is let down by the plot, which is too simple and implausible to engage the viewer. It's a long and cliched Hollywood blockbuster war film and not much more, I'd give it a miss unless you're a blindly patriotic American.
  3. Jun 27, 2011
    6
    I kinda have mixed feelings on this movie. On one hand, it had the most awesome looking war scenes ever on film, and Tom Hanks is just as good as he is in all of his movies. On the other hand, many of the characters were annoying, and the plot was kinda weak. I wouldn't highly recommend it, yet it shouldn't be completely overlooked.
  4. May 18, 2015
    5
    There is exactly one good scene in Saving Private Ryan and that is the Normandy invasion battle. It was beautifully done in fact. Apart from that, most of the film is average, often even below that. It is very, very predictable. Steven Spielberg somehow managed to create soldiers you don't care about, a plot you don't care about and most of all, a Private named Ryan who's fate you don'tThere is exactly one good scene in Saving Private Ryan and that is the Normandy invasion battle. It was beautifully done in fact. Apart from that, most of the film is average, often even below that. It is very, very predictable. Steven Spielberg somehow managed to create soldiers you don't care about, a plot you don't care about and most of all, a Private named Ryan who's fate you don't about. Overrated. Expand
  5. J.RyanG.
    May 27, 2005
    6
    In his masterpiece "The Things They Carried," Vietnam veteran Tim O'Brien writes that a true war story is not moral and is often too hard to believe. "Saving Private Ryan" is essentially a morality tale, and the only inconceivable thing about it is how all those soldiers can get their speeches in between attacks. The opening sequence is rather effective, and the final battle is In his masterpiece "The Things They Carried," Vietnam veteran Tim O'Brien writes that a true war story is not moral and is often too hard to believe. "Saving Private Ryan" is essentially a morality tale, and the only inconceivable thing about it is how all those soldiers can get their speeches in between attacks. The opening sequence is rather effective, and the final battle is superb. They're honest, they're hard to stomach, and in their brutality, they provide no moral lessons. Spielberg does an amazing job sharing with us the essence of war, but then he dumbs it down and softens it up for those of use who don't expect (or don't want) war to be so horrifying. I imagine Mr. O'Brien adoring about forty five minutes of the movie, and hating the rest. Expand
  6. AndrewR.
    Jul 18, 2008
    6
    Good movie, but I don't see what the big deal is.
Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Nothing that suggests an independent vision, unless you count seeing more limbs blown off than usual.
  2. 89
    A bitter, bloody masterpiece with adrenalized emotions and hyper-realized images, this is perhaps as close to battle as any sane human being should ever hope to tread.
  3. 80
    The movie's greatest strength lies in phenomenal performances that reach from the leads right down to the smallest supporting roles.