Schindler's List

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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 769 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 769

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  1. Nov 24, 2015
    5
    The dialog was phony. Working showers in a death camp? Doubtful. The problem with any holocaust movie is that it is has to be attempt to explain IT - why a continent full of supposed civilized human beings went temporarily insane. This film has the usual prop - the automatons walking around in German soldier garb. Which gets nowhere to explaining It. The evil is indescribable andThe dialog was phony. Working showers in a death camp? Doubtful. The problem with any holocaust movie is that it is has to be attempt to explain IT - why a continent full of supposed civilized human beings went temporarily insane. This film has the usual prop - the automatons walking around in German soldier garb. Which gets nowhere to explaining It. The evil is indescribable and undepictable. When the goal is exterminating a mass of people in the context of simultaneously reaching to the heights of culture and science, the only reality is that whatever the victims experienced went to the limits as to what human beings could ever conceive in the harming of others.

    None has ever come close. Not this one either.
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  2. J.RyanG.
    May 23, 2005
    4
    Jewish playwright and filmmaker David Mamet says it best in his book of essays and remembrances, "Make-Believe Town." He dislikes and is offended by this film. Rather than exploring the complexities of human nature which made the Holocaust a disgusting reality, Spielberg only asks us to see things in black and white. Literally. Like most of Spielberg's films, it is a self-righteous Jewish playwright and filmmaker David Mamet says it best in his book of essays and remembrances, "Make-Believe Town." He dislikes and is offended by this film. Rather than exploring the complexities of human nature which made the Holocaust a disgusting reality, Spielberg only asks us to see things in black and white. Literally. Like most of Spielberg's films, it is a self-righteous pat on his own back, welcoming the viewer to congratulate himself for acknowledging evil deeds and rooting for a waspy hero. Granted, the feeling that the film leaves one with is tremendous; but one can feel a great deal of emotion watching baby seals getting clubbed. The film simply fails, and quite audaciously, at making the viewer use his brain to work on the mysteries of the Holocaust that desperately need to be figured out. Expand
  3. MoniqueH.
    May 17, 2006
    5
    I would have to give this film a 5. It is a spectacular movie but it only shows one side of the situation. Ther for i can only rate it half because it only shows half. I do believe that is how some of it went but germans went as heartless as this movie shows. As they say there is always two sides to the story; And you may never know exactly which one is true.
  4. AnshumanV.
    Nov 21, 2004
    5
    Not that classy as believed.
Metascore
93

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 60
    A ruthlessly unsentimental portrait of a German war profiteer's epiphany that inspires neither sorrow nor pity, but a kind of emotional numbness.
  2. A powerful and affecting piece of work.
  3. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Gene Siskel
    100
    What is surprising is how well Spielberg captures the horror, moving his camera with the fury of a combat photographer on the run. [17 Dec 1993]