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  • Summary: A team of American seamen, disguised as soldiers on a German rescue submarine, sneak aboard a disabled German U-Boat in an attempt to capture the Enigma machine, a master encryption device which has enabled Axis forces to execute maritime attacks without fear of interference or interception by the Allies. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Two hours of nonstop, nail-biting tension and anxiety.
  2. It's a simple pleasure watching an American movie that respects genre, knows its limitations, and genuflects at the memory of Don Siegel in the age of Spielberg.
  3. A formulaic and predictable movie that combines minimal characterization with some irritating implausibility.
  4. Reviewed by: Pauline Ademek
    70
    A thoroughly good war picture that is well worth seeing on the big screen in a cinema equipped with a first-rate sound system for the full sonic effect.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Never lets down, even if depth of character always takes second place to depth charges.
  6. 50
    You can enjoy U-571 as a big, dumb war movie without a brain in its head.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    30
    The submarine goes deep but the story never does in U-571, a good old-fashioned WWII picture that is exciting in only the most superficial way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. JaredC.
    Aug 16, 2007
    9
    It will have you captured in the experience and let you on a firm gripp throughout.
  2. Sep 13, 2013
    7
    An excellent presentation of a Atlantic front in the World War 2. Although the movie has clich├ęs and over-hyped drama it is interesting, intriguing and entertaining. Expand
  3. JD
    Aug 17, 2007
    4
    Pretty bad movie. Historically it's a load of crap. Watch "Das Boot". A much MUCH better German U-Boat movie.
  4. KarlB.
    Jan 10, 2007
    1
    Politically incorrect film about American sailors finding the German Enigma Code. What a load of bollocks.

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