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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 interceptionA 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
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Two hours of nonstop, nail-biting tension and anxiety.
  2. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    80
    Fast-moving, watertight and firing from all tubes.
  3. 75
    Sets up a mood of tensile suspense from the beginning and never lets it go.
  4. Reviewed by: Ted Fry
    70
    One sour note is Richard Marvin's derivative score. It's just awful and often pulls the movie down.
  5. As beautiful as all the film's technology is, it needs more real human beings around - to pull the switches, man the pumps and scuttle through those corridors.
  6. 50
    U-571's plot moves like a rocket, never pausing for breath, and this works to a point, but certain events ... are glossed over in favor of more (exceptionally well-done) shots of exploding depth charges and topside battles.
  7. 30
    May be the shoddiest and most incoherent piece of big-budget action moviemaking since "Armageddon."

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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 clichés and over-hyped drama it is interesting,An excellent presentation of a Atlantic front in the World War 2. Although the movie has clichés 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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