Schindler's List

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  • Summary: Steven Spielberg's epic drama tells the compelling true story of German businessman Oskar Schindler (Neeson) who comes to Nazi-occupied Poland looking for economic prosperity and leaves as a savior. (History in Film)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: Terrence Rafferty
    100
    Few American movies since the silent era have had anything approaching this picture's narrative boldness, visual audacity, and emotional directness. [20 Dec 1993, p.129]
  2. 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]
  3. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    100
    But the film Schindler's List, directed with fury and immediacy by a profoundly surprising Steven Spielberg, presents the subject as if discovering it anew. [15 Dec 1993]
  4. Spielberg restages the Holocaust with an existential vividness unprecedented in any nondocumentary film: He makes us feel as if we're living right inside the 20th century's darkest-and most defining-episode.
  5. Director Steven Spielberg has achieved something close to the impossible--a morally serious, aesthetically stunning historical epic that is nonetheless readily accessible to a mass audience.
  6. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    90
    Quietly devastating. [15 Dec 1993]
  7. 60
    A ruthlessly unsentimental portrait of a German war profiteer's epiphany that inspires neither sorrow nor pity, but a kind of emotional numbness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 159
  1. HikaruK.
    Mar 15, 2007
    10
    Honestly, I think this is Steven Spielberg's masterwork. Not claiming or wanting to delve into lengthy sequences of death and violence Honestly, I think this is Steven Spielberg's masterwork. Not claiming or wanting to delve into lengthy sequences of death and violence at Auschwitz or somewhere similar, it instead captures the violence in the ghettos, in work camps, and through the actions of Amon Goeth, who is played brilliantly by Ralph Fiennes. It is ultimately the story of Oskar Schindler, a man who worked within the Nazi party system to save over one thousand Jewish individuals from almost certain death. It doesn't portray him as a god as he clearly had faults, but it shows that hope is possible and that people can work together to save others. But it is still very clearly about the violence of the Holocaust, almost in a numbing emotional sense. The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous in this film. Black and white was the way to go. In some senses, I think it helps to keep the picture from overwhelming us and as authenticity of some newsreel from the time. The touch at the end in "present" day of the survivors and their families coming to Schindler's grave is at once touching and haunting without necessarily spelling it out for us. Haunting and moving, it is one of the most weighty and ponderous films but it never harkens from its intensity even being more than three hours. Bravo! Expand
  2. Lucius
    Sep 1, 2005
    10
    A real masterpiece, best movie ever made. A person who doesn't like it, is a monstrous entity with neither a heart nor a soul, period.
  3. Mar 6, 2011
    10
    Steven Spielberg's greatest film. Powerful, emotional, thought provoking and a perfect film all around. Liam Neeson's acting is one of theSteven Spielberg's greatest film. Powerful, emotional, thought provoking and a perfect film all around. Liam Neeson's acting is one of the best I've seen around and its directorial work is masterful. Essential. Expand
  4. miker
    Aug 2, 2009
    10
    Great piece of film making, and a great man. For Gary l. to give it a 0 is actually rather frightening.
  5. Jul 8, 2015
    10
    'Schindler's List' tells the story of how one man risked all he could to save the lives of thousands and thousands of innocent lives during'Schindler's List' tells the story of how one man risked all he could to save the lives of thousands and thousands of innocent lives during the Holocaust.

    Liam Neeson plays the role of Oskar Schindler, a wealthy businessman who opens a factory somewhere in Poland and hires Jewish employees. Ben KIngsley plays Itzak Stern, an associate of his, if one must say, who is Jewish. Ralph Fiennes plays Amon Goeth, a Nazi who is very sadistic and lusts for one Jewish girl in particular adding to his evil personality.

    The film is directed by Steven Spielberg who, at the time, came off from directing films such as; 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' (1977), 'E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial' (1982), The "Indiana Jones" trilogy and 'Jurassic Park' (1993) which was released earlier that summer.

    Spielberg made some very clever decisions when making this film, such as the choice to shoot it entirely in black and white as opposed to color. This emphasizes the bleak, horrible and dreary condition of the Holocaust which is a tragic event. It also gives that documentary style to the film which is very effective, almost as if what we're seeing is actually happening.

    The score by John Williams as well is fascinating, and the acting and writing also deserve more credit.

    The screenplay, which is written by Steven Zallian, offers some clean dialogue with characters having real conversations, not the kind of cheesy movie dialogue you tend to see in big-budget action flicks.

    The characters here are all real as well...Neeson, Kingsley and Fiennes give off such convincing performances that you don't feel like that they are acting, the emotions and body-languages feel as genuine as ever.

    'Schindler's List' for me, is the definition of a "Best Picture" Oscar winner, the film is made to such perfection and tells such an important story that I advise that EVERYONE sees this. It's not to be missed and it's worth talking about for generations.
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  6. Dec 1, 2012
    10
    The movie is brilliant, but a bit tricky. You can't watch it with the mind of today. You have to literally send your mind back into 1930's,The movie is brilliant, but a bit tricky. You can't watch it with the mind of today. You have to literally send your mind back into 1930's, but you can't stop there. Now you have to become German and try to see it from a German's view. This movie is for someone who is INTELLECTUAL and can pick up on the hidden meanings. It's not meant to be viewed by someone who doesn't have the mental capacity to see PAST the movie and into the meaning. Expand
  7. BrunoP.
    Jan 19, 2006
    0
    Propaganda movie. So static characteristics of jews is so unrealistic. Spielberg thinks he, and his religion has no bad people, and no flaws. Propaganda movie. So static characteristics of jews is so unrealistic. Spielberg thinks he, and his religion has no bad people, and no flaws. This is so one sided movie that it reminds me a few spots about police how they work hard, and they are such a nice guys, but everyone hates them. And this was the main point in the movie: Jews are great with no negative trait, but everyone hates them and wants to get rid of them. Expand

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