Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: December 25, 2014
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mukushleDec 30, 2014
One of the major tenets of Clint Eastwood's ebullient career is his commitment to surprising us. He continually pursued unexpected projects - from female boxing to the Japanese wartime point of view. If you were to guess who was going toOne of the major tenets of Clint Eastwood's ebullient career is his commitment to surprising us. He continually pursued unexpected projects - from female boxing to the Japanese wartime point of view. If you were to guess who was going to direct The Bridges of Madison County (1995) or Jersey Boys (2014), Eastwood would be near the bottom of the list.

In 2014 he accomplished one of his best surprises. After years in which he seemed to have lost his touch and even his spirit, Eastwood came roaring back.

American Sniper is essential Eastwood. The film - based on actual sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) who served four tours in Iraq - has intriguing levels and potency. Ennio Morricone's music at the end brings Eastwood's phenomenal career echoing back.

Eastwood can make films that appeal both to conservatives and liberals. That's a rare ability. American Sniper is one of those films.
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RvwFromUpHereMay 25, 2016
Who: Bradley Cooper, Tons of CSI B Actors, and Sienna Miller as Every Southern Boy's Dream Girl
What: A well made film that can't help but shove America down everyone's throat
Where: 'Murica When (Can I watch again): When you need to
Who: Bradley Cooper, Tons of CSI B Actors, and Sienna Miller as Every Southern Boy's Dream Girl
What: A well made film that can't help but shove America down everyone's throat
Where: 'Murica
When (Can I watch again): When you need to research topics of conversation for your morally questionable southern relatives
Why: If you've just watched a ton of Michael Moore documentaries and need to watch something ironically, or you need to be reminded why America is so badass, American Sniper has something for everyone
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reviewfrom19842Sep 7, 2016
Pretty good movie I love how this movie gets you to like the charters and care about. I now that a lot of people hate this movie ( that is fine) but just because it takes place in the Iraq war does mean this movie is propaganda. I think thatPretty good movie I love how this movie gets you to like the charters and care about. I now that a lot of people hate this movie ( that is fine) but just because it takes place in the Iraq war does mean this movie is propaganda. I think that Iraq war was a horrible awful idea but I still love this movie for it's story and charters not because I JUST LOVE MURICA AND IT COMPLTELY AMAZING that's **** Expand
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bfoore90Jun 19, 2016
I'm a liberal and I actually enjoyed this movie. I know that seems like a glowing contradiction because liberals aren't supposed to like things like this but I like to think I consider myself impartial when it comes to movies. The movie isI'm a liberal and I actually enjoyed this movie. I know that seems like a glowing contradiction because liberals aren't supposed to like things like this but I like to think I consider myself impartial when it comes to movies. The movie is masterfully directed by Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper does an amazing job as Chris Kyle but with that being said, American Sniper was as close as you can get to being right-wing propaganda. The first thing it does as portray the Iraqis as the bad guys who are responsible for 9/11 despite them having nothing to do with 9/11. The 2nd thing this movie does wrong is paint Chris Kyle as a conflicted soldier, where if you read his book he actually was not very remorseful about the people he killed. I mean lets be real here, Chris Kyle was an absolutely terrible person. I'll go even as far to say he was a psychopath, he said it himself that he loved killing and that he would kill anyone with a kuron which is what basically everyone wears over there. Kyle was no hero, he was a monster, a repulsive and sick man who was a pathological liar that forged his military accomplishments and kill count to sell books. He was also, however like many soldiers in the middle east were taken advantage of by Bush/Cheney's quest for "WMD"s aka oil. Expand
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pesho_oneApr 1, 2015
I didn't expect much, but I knew that the movie was about war. Then I also don't know the actual events (as described in the book). Nevertheless, the movie has a very good feel of reality to it. It is far from boring, and you are wellI didn't expect much, but I knew that the movie was about war. Then I also don't know the actual events (as described in the book). Nevertheless, the movie has a very good feel of reality to it. It is far from boring, and you are well interested in what will happen almost at all times. The main actors are convincing and it is hard not to relate. Bottom line: one quality movie based on real events which does not disappoint. Expand
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Jess_HillJul 12, 2015
A good, though over-hyped, film. The performances are excellent, both Cooper and Miller are dynamic and believable in their roles. The cinematography was generally solid for this kind of film, and the score was typical of an American warA good, though over-hyped, film. The performances are excellent, both Cooper and Miller are dynamic and believable in their roles. The cinematography was generally solid for this kind of film, and the score was typical of an American war story. The pacing was very well considered and the final sequence was masterfully executed. The moral subtext is where criticism is warranted as this is a film which posits the hero as a representative of the entire conflict in Iraq and, as such, any commentary on the nature of war or that particular conflict is decidedly one-dimensional. This may be expected from an Eastwood film, however, it's clear that not only is the moral quandry not central to the plot, it is also treated with disdain in the dialogue, which may play well for an American audience, but smacks of the 'MURICA mentality rather than good storytelling. A solid bo-yah film with little depth. 6.86/10 Expand
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JamesIrish68Feb 6, 2015
This movie ignited a lot of controversy. People have used this to take sides with regards the rights and wrongs of the Iraq war. But the movie does not seek to answer that question. It’s a story about a simple patriotic Texas rodeo rider withThis movie ignited a lot of controversy. People have used this to take sides with regards the rights and wrongs of the Iraq war. But the movie does not seek to answer that question. It’s a story about a simple patriotic Texas rodeo rider with a strict upbringing and his reaction to the war on terror. He unsurprisingly enlists and does what soldiers are supposed to do. He follows orders and kills the enemy. His mindset does not encompass the political strategy just the job. This is a straight forward story well told. Cooper and Miller are tremendous. They physical bulked up and really look the part. A sad tale about a good man fighting in yet another unnecessary foreign war. Expand
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vikesh2206Apr 3, 2015
While not for the faint hearted, the often harrowing "American Sniper" is a solid if not spectacular war epic by Clint Eastwood. It is well acted by its leads and delivers a tense tribute to the late American sniper, Chris Kyle.
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bmaster4616Jan 22, 2015
This is a movie with a lot of idiots saying this and that about it. Simply it's intense, inspiring, and sad. Throughout Chris's life he had tragedies. From his friends to himself. There has been speculation that Kyle was more of a **** thanThis is a movie with a lot of idiots saying this and that about it. Simply it's intense, inspiring, and sad. Throughout Chris's life he had tragedies. From his friends to himself. There has been speculation that Kyle was more of a **** than the movie shows. This might be true but he still shrived to help his fellow marines and fellow people out. He said that he loved killing the enemy. I don't mind this because....they were the enemy. Like he said, he will stand proud and answer to every shot he took to his creator. The ending is where it left our theater silent. You could hear a pin drop because people didn't expect something like that.
The best part is Cooper's performance. From Hangover to this, Bradley has completely revamped his career. Another great part of this was story, it just kept you engaged and the dialgogue was on point. The amazing part of this is...it's all real. These men went through this as they tried to fight for out freedoms. Give them respect that they deserved. For all the evil, it was done by people who told them to do it. He had unstoppable power to get the job done and protect those he loved the most. Overall it's the best or one of the best movies to this early 2015. 9.3.
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testychickenJan 20, 2015
absolutely the best movie of the year, the depth that Eastwood and Cooper nail the looks and feel of being deployed. The feeling of not being over there and helping, with people you will grow closer to than even those in your family, isabsolutely the best movie of the year, the depth that Eastwood and Cooper nail the looks and feel of being deployed. The feeling of not being over there and helping, with people you will grow closer to than even those in your family, is really captured in Coopers face while sitting at the VA. It became really hard to hold back the tears during the credits as they showed the love and support that Chief Kyle received after his passing. Best movie winner, hands down. Expand
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BradySmithJan 19, 2015
This is a very effective, tense, extremely well acted, and ultimately moving film. Now, I don't think it's a masterpiece. There's a bit of bluntness to the filmmaking, and I think Eastwood has directed movies with more sophistication andThis is a very effective, tense, extremely well acted, and ultimately moving film. Now, I don't think it's a masterpiece. There's a bit of bluntness to the filmmaking, and I think Eastwood has directed movies with more sophistication and nuance before, but this is still a very exciting and well made war film. The battles are very intense and engrossing. The characters also felt extremely well brought to life. The human drama here is very well done. A lot of it's power comes from the completely convincing performances. This is almost certainly the best acting Cooper has ever done. He adds layers of depth to Chris and you're sympathetic for his character every step of the way. Sienna Miller also delivers a very good performance, and her character never feels underwritten or like a cliché. Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper have put together an exceptionally entertaining and moving tribute to a true hero, and they deserve major props for doing so. Expand
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David_HJan 30, 2015
Once again Bradley Cooper proves he is far more than a pretty face and manages to transform both his affect and drastically change his physique, while pulling off what seems to be a true rendition of war hero Chris Kyle. I see some of theOnce again Bradley Cooper proves he is far more than a pretty face and manages to transform both his affect and drastically change his physique, while pulling off what seems to be a true rendition of war hero Chris Kyle. I see some of the lower score reviews are not unbiased movie reviews but more likely liberal rants from people that are afraid to use the term Islam when naming the violent enemies of not only America but of most first world nations on the planet. Having had a close family member pull two tours in Iraq, i can say this is one of the first movies that really helps a civilian understand a little of the torment and pain and sacrifice our soldiers experience. This is good enough that Cooper and Eastwood deserve Oscars. They don't delve too deeply into the struggling wife, but Sienna Miller does a good job in her role. Though we all know what happened to Kyle, I'm also glad the ending of the movie was handled with grace and didn't put us through too much agony. Expand
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poppunkreviewsJan 28, 2015
Chris Kyle, the american sniper. I watched this film last night and it was amazing. To be based on a real life event and not to be full documentary it always kept me at the edge of my seat. The film contains four tours of Chris kyle's sealsChris Kyle, the american sniper. I watched this film last night and it was amazing. To be based on a real life event and not to be full documentary it always kept me at the edge of my seat. The film contains four tours of Chris kyle's seals life and shows so much action and everything he did to become the american sniper. Clint Eastwood's best film in ages/. Expand
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gdiego135Dec 4, 2015
Fantastic movie that you should watch NOW!!!! from the acting to the explosions to the dialogue it's all great, I think it portrays well what Navy seals have to go through, and the impact on their mind when they go home. Truly a beautiful movie.
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sirmichaelJan 18, 2016
Clint Eastwood just continues to make relevant, artful movies that have an edge while also having a touching connection. this is a gripping story about patriotism, personal conflict and the reality of not just war in general but the ongoingClint Eastwood just continues to make relevant, artful movies that have an edge while also having a touching connection. this is a gripping story about patriotism, personal conflict and the reality of not just war in general but the ongoing struggle between Good and Evil Expand
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Chasd3Jan 17, 2015
Move over Saving Private Ryan and Full Metal Jacket. I have a new all-time favorite war movie, American Sniper. Poignant insight into the effects of war on our American defenders while making me squirm on the edge of my seat in the mostMove over Saving Private Ryan and Full Metal Jacket. I have a new all-time favorite war movie, American Sniper. Poignant insight into the effects of war on our American defenders while making me squirm on the edge of my seat in the most suspenseful battle sequences I've ever seen. I'll be going again before it leaves theaters. Expand
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frozenpinkyJan 19, 2015
Libs are becoming unhinged over this movie, comparing it to a Nazi propaganda film. They spout typical liberal nonsense, as if Nazi snipers are the same as American snipers. Libs are too intolerant and uncritical to understand thatLibs are becoming unhinged over this movie, comparing it to a Nazi propaganda film. They spout typical liberal nonsense, as if Nazi snipers are the same as American snipers. Libs are too intolerant and uncritical to understand that distinctions make a difference. There is nothing propaganda about this movie. It shows multiple views of the war and follows one man's attempt to do his job and struggle with the personal consequences of war. There is no sugar coating the issues. People who dismiss it as such have not seen it, or, they see it through tainted lenses--intent preceding content.
When it's a liberal themed film, they call it "wonderful, powerful, insightful, important, brave, revealing, speaking truth to power", and all the rest. When it's a conservative film, or perceived as such, it's mindless, goose-stepping propaganda. Ridiculous. This movie is great!
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moviemitch96Jan 18, 2015
Bradley Cooper gives yet another great and memorable performance as real-life sniper Chris Kyle. The story itself felt somewhat formulaic in terms of a war story, but it's Cooper's performance that really makes the film worthwhile and worthBradley Cooper gives yet another great and memorable performance as real-life sniper Chris Kyle. The story itself felt somewhat formulaic in terms of a war story, but it's Cooper's performance that really makes the film worthwhile and worth watching. Along with great and reliable directing from Clint Eastwood, it's definitely a great, often times harrowing film that pays good respect and justice to the real-life Chris. Expand
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vmd1020Jan 9, 2015
It was good, not great. Cooper was great but it was lacking as an overall picture. He was great as a stand alone but you know neither his family life or the PTSD really was focused on/developed (i.e. everything was just touched upon). GoodIt was good, not great. Cooper was great but it was lacking as an overall picture. He was great as a stand alone but you know neither his family life or the PTSD really was focused on/developed (i.e. everything was just touched upon). Good movie though, I'd definitely watch it again just wasn't my favorite. Expand
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MovieGuysJan 24, 2015
American Sniper is a daring, refreshing return to form for Eastwood. After such films such as Jersey Boys (ha), Clint finally realized his talent again in this intense Iraq war character study. The film follows unflinching legendary sniperAmerican Sniper is a daring, refreshing return to form for Eastwood. After such films such as Jersey Boys (ha), Clint finally realized his talent again in this intense Iraq war character study. The film follows unflinching legendary sniper Navy Seal Chris Kyle as he completes four tours in the war, all the while watching his squad mates die and his wife beg him to come home. Bradley Cooper does an excellent job portraying Kyle; just one look at his character's face, and you know he's seen it all. Also, the cinematography is stunning, and the brilliant screenplay that never euphemizes the horrors going on makes the viewer on edge the whole film with its unpredictability.

On the whole, this is a very good film, and definitely one of the best made about the Iraq war as of yet. Yes, it has some minor flaws and plot devices, but the bigger aspirations of the film are the ones that count.
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lukechristianscJan 21, 2015
At eighty-four years old, Director Clint Eastwood still has the gut wrenching soul in himself behind the camera. Eastwood is one of my favorite film makers, Every film that he directed it was so marvelously done and had well good style;At eighty-four years old, Director Clint Eastwood still has the gut wrenching soul in himself behind the camera. Eastwood is one of my favorite film makers, Every film that he directed it was so marvelously done and had well good style; american sniper, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miler the movie is about: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind; based on the acclaim novel, screenwriter Jason Hall skips the best life moments of Chris Kyle ( like his first kill or when he engaged to his wife). From the writer of the movie that grossed Rotten Tomatoes at five percent " Paranoia" and Spread make a huge improvement in his career as making Cinema History's best American Sniper. Sometimes this movie skips a lot! for example: after Kyle's war happened they didn't tell us when then year was and all of a sudden their children grow FAST in this movie. RING RING RING ! i hear that this movie is gonna be nominated into the oscars, Cooper gets the oscar for best actor and Miller gets the award of best actress! also Clint Eastwood gets an oscar for Best Direction; the action sequences are NOT over ratted and but there entertaining! I am gonna give this movie an A- it has good direction by Eastwood and excellent script by Jason Hall and soulful performance by Bradley Cooper. Grade A- Expand
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AxeTJan 9, 2015
As surefooted filmmaking as it gets. This is craft at its peak in all categories. A personal film for Clint in many ways, echoes of his legendary screen past are on view. Bradley should get a nomination.
I generally don't love war movies,
As surefooted filmmaking as it gets. This is craft at its peak in all categories. A personal film for Clint in many ways, echoes of his legendary screen past are on view. Bradley should get a nomination.
I generally don't love war movies, only a handful. They are often boring in my opinion, and this drags a bit from some of those same tropes of the genre. A true story said to be accurate, so what can you do? It is a good story if not a really great one.
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duckxpertJan 19, 2015
I find it interesting as to how the public rated the movie at the time of the showing. What I saw in a packed theater at the end is applause followed by filing out in virtual silence. You can tell the veterans who were at the movie just byI find it interesting as to how the public rated the movie at the time of the showing. What I saw in a packed theater at the end is applause followed by filing out in virtual silence. You can tell the veterans who were at the movie just by looking at the faces of those exiting. As a veteran myself, I could not but be affected by the long buried feelings that came to the surface during the movie. I would caution those who saw combat action, especially those with PTSD to seriously think before seeing it, and if you do, don't go alone. Expand
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analogkid280Jan 18, 2015
Excellent job of directing and editing. Texas accents are spot on which is a real rarity in Hollywood these days. I enjoyed all of this movie from beginning to end. The only thing I could find wrong is they overdid Kyle making him lookExcellent job of directing and editing. Texas accents are spot on which is a real rarity in Hollywood these days. I enjoyed all of this movie from beginning to end. The only thing I could find wrong is they overdid Kyle making him look almost superheroish with a arch enemy out there finding him though multiple tours. We the audience did not need that with Kyle's story being interesting enough in itself. I loved the evolution of the vehicles and equipment from his first tour to his last. I found that and many specifics of the war to be so accurate it was spooking me out being a OIF veteran myself. Expand
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TVJerryJan 20, 2015
Bradley Cooper adds 40 pounds of muscle and a Texas twang to remarkably transform himself into Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who became a legend, literally, because of his ability as a sniper. The majority of this film takes place during his enemyBradley Cooper adds 40 pounds of muscle and a Texas twang to remarkably transform himself into Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who became a legend, literally, because of his ability as a sniper. The majority of this film takes place during his enemy encounters in Iraq, all shot with controlled, precise skill by director Clint Eastwood. This alternates with his struggles to adapt to the civilian world of husband and father, presented by Eastwood with empathy but restrained emotion. Although some scenes go on too long, the film's quiet intensity, the character's determination and Cooper's performance make for a compelling experience. Expand
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WindozeJan 17, 2015
The best Iraq war movie of all time. Hands down an outstanding job by Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood. To all these snot-nosed brats whining about not showing the deeper picture of the Iraq war, you're watching the wrong movie. This movieThe best Iraq war movie of all time. Hands down an outstanding job by Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood. To all these snot-nosed brats whining about not showing the deeper picture of the Iraq war, you're watching the wrong movie. This movie is meant for the Americans who are still patriotic, if you'd rather attack American values, don't watch this movie....this movie is not about politics. Expand
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mikayoyoMar 30, 2015
Look, no matter how much you hate Chris Kyle, the demonization of Muslims, Clint Eastwood, or anyone who likes this movie, that does not make this a bad movie. It's faults are easy to find: it doesn't show both sides of the story, it doesn'tLook, no matter how much you hate Chris Kyle, the demonization of Muslims, Clint Eastwood, or anyone who likes this movie, that does not make this a bad movie. It's faults are easy to find: it doesn't show both sides of the story, it doesn't accurately portray war, and the fake baby. However, its excellent acting and sound design keep it moving. It's a good movie, not great, but it is good. Only watch it if you're not easily offended or angered. Expand
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MattBrady99Mar 10, 2015
A film that's been nominated for best picture at the Oscars and also has a lot of controversy behind it, that's a lot to take in for a movie studio.

American Sniper tell the story of Chris Kyle played by Bradley Cooper. Chris was the most
A film that's been nominated for best picture at the Oscars and also has a lot of controversy behind it, that's a lot to take in for a movie studio.

American Sniper tell the story of Chris Kyle played by Bradley Cooper. Chris was the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. But there was much more to this true American hero than his skill with a rifle. U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname "Legend." However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, becoming emblematic of the SEAL creed to "leave no man behind." But upon returning home, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

I remember a time where Clint Eastwood use to make pretty damn good movies. Unforgiven, Changeling, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino and Mystic River. All these movie right there are one of his best, but for the last couple of years he's been making some bad or really boring movies that forgot about. Until American Sniper came out and at last his back on track of what made him good in the first place, because American Sniper is a great movie.

Bradley Cooper in this movie dose a Oscar worthy performance and...wait a minute, his nominated for one. Now that's what I like to see. Cooper really played Chris Kyle so well that I think this is my favorite performance from him, because he got all the stress, all the hard work to protect his family & country and war itself effecting you from the people you killed, and Bradley Cooper got the character right and showed that he was only human.

The directing from Client Eastwood was nothing but great. With his other films (And I'm talking about the bad ones) his movie always have this slow paste feel to them making it uninteresting, but with this it's always going and it never slows down. I'm not talking about the action that makes the movie more quick past, no I'm talking about the movie characters and it's sense of atmosphere of intense and quick reaction and that got my interested from start till finish, and that's brilliant film making by Client Eastwood.

Now for the controversy of this movie: 2014 was the year for controversy and yet it's pretty pointless to start a controversy for this movie over a american hero who may have do some wrong things, but who hasn't in a war zone. The people who started the controversy is only advertising the movie more, I mean just look at the The Interview and how much people sawed that by all the controversy and almost the start of World War 3. The controversy for this movie is by Chris Kyle actions towards Muslims and how the movie adversest him has a perfect war hero, and that's just ridiculous to get all **** about. Chris Kyle probably did some bad things in the battlefield but he also did some good things that saved many solders lives. To those who's criticizing Chris is only adverting the movie more and everybody is going to watch the movie and you going to get a lot of hate for saying that.

Now for problems: The films editing seem to past some important scenes in the movie and I'm not going to say what scenes I mean if I do then I must spoil some scenes. And that's it for problems.

American Sniper is a excellent war movie that shows how brutal war is and how it can effect on people.
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ThegodfathersonDec 30, 2014
The user reviews for this movie were mediocre, which is wrong because its not a bad movie. American Sniper is Clint Eastwood's take on Chris Kyle's life, and it comes out with good and bad results. First of all, this is Bradley Cooper's bestThe user reviews for this movie were mediocre, which is wrong because its not a bad movie. American Sniper is Clint Eastwood's take on Chris Kyle's life, and it comes out with good and bad results. First of all, this is Bradley Cooper's best performance in years, even better than Playbook and Hustle. Director Clint Eastwood emphasizes very much on the family aspect of Kyle's life. That was a bum because long scenes in the movie just focus on Taya- Kyle's wife played excellently by Sienna Miller. Even though its a touch too long, the battle sequences are some of the best I have seen, the amount of tension is unbelievable and Eastwood nails that. The film becomes ultimately a drama thats too much on the family side than on the war aspect that viewers want to see, thats not a bad thing but they could be shorter. This is a good film, despite some flaws its not only watchable, but its a reminder of American history. American Sniper gets a 7/10 from me. Expand
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LynJan 24, 2015
"American Sniper" is a straightforward war picture, very well done. It's not pro-war by any stretch, but you can expect some war movie cliches. Bradley Cooper deserves his place on the best actor roster alongside the likes of Benedict"American Sniper" is a straightforward war picture, very well done. It's not pro-war by any stretch, but you can expect some war movie cliches. Bradley Cooper deserves his place on the best actor roster alongside the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch. (His is about the only memorable performance, honestly.) I think the strength of the film comes from knowing Chris Kyle was a real person -- with real faults, real aspirations, real achievements, real problems, a real family. He had to work hard to get his sh!t together after his harrowing experiences, and he channeled that strength into helping other veterans. He, and the movie, are worthy of respect. Expand
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IO_ErrorJan 31, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This NOT a political movie but just trying to give people a glimpse at what Chrus Kyle and his family had to go through. Liberals will say we shouldn't have gone to Iraq Blah blah etc. put that aside and think about what decisions Chris Kyle had to make about killing women and children. what mother would give a child a grenade to throw at Americans. What kinda of person would drill holes in a defenseless child's hand and shoot a defenseless father, What child would pick a a RPG to shoot at Americans? There are real evil people in this world and Chris Kyle had to make a decision to save American lives or not. Many say a real sniper wouldn't have done this or that out in the field. I say it's still a movie and I believe Mr. Eastwood was trying to convey the emotions and the situations of how Chris Kyle felt probably not to a T as Hollywood still take liberties in interpreting the book. We had snipers in the revolutionary war to take out the British no one complains.. We had snipers in WW to kill Nazis ( liberal would call them disgruntled Germans) no one complains. Chris Kyle kept going back more to save American lives that was more his mind set than anything political.
I felt this movie made me feel Chris Kyle anguish and torment and how Taya felt when he came home zombie like.
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DellettMar 20, 2015
The movie was excellent, but it should have been longer . So 9 instead of 10.

I loved the balance between telling a very patriotic, moving story of a hero who wasn't perfect, whose family life was far from perfect, in a war that was very
The movie was excellent, but it should have been longer . So 9 instead of 10.

I loved the balance between telling a very patriotic, moving story of a hero who wasn't perfect, whose family life was far from perfect, in a war that was very far from perfect.

Chris left no man behind. In doing so, he left his wife and children behind and they also paid a terrible price for our freedom. But if I had been Chris, I don't know that I could or would have done anything different. What choice was there? Let soldiers die that you know you can save, or leave your wife and children in difficult suffering? He went as far as he could and then came home to save his family and himself.

Thankfully, they didn't try to justify or criticize the war. They just told us about a premier hero among many others in the background including Taya. As Chris’ wife and mother of their children, Taya was not one wit less the hero herself. Her mortal life may not have been on the line, but her heart and soul were. Taya not only did 4 tours with Chris, she had to deal with the hardships of this wonderful man when he returned while desperately yearning for the emotional support she needed.

Bradly Cooper and Sienna Miller were outstanding in bringing their story home to us.

They didn’t fully develop the whole story, but what they did, they did so very well.
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tvnewsguidoJan 18, 2015
An unflinching character study of an American Patriot.

Say what you want about the morality of American involvement in military conflicts - "American Sniper" is still a great movie.
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todayorJan 31, 2015
So, I originally didn't want to see this movie. Then, I heard an NPR critic say, **roughly** "this movie tries to be so many things and doesn't succeed at any of them." Because that was such a **** critic thing to say, yes I correctly placedSo, I originally didn't want to see this movie. Then, I heard an NPR critic say, **roughly** "this movie tries to be so many things and doesn't succeed at any of them." Because that was such a **** critic thing to say, yes I correctly placed the adjective there, I decided to watch it. Yes, Mr. NPR, maybe it's a film that isn't trying to do anything in particular. It's just trying to show you the confusion, the memories, the character. It's trying to let you in to the most important memories of a person that went through something confusing, tragic, and unreal. If it doesn't make sense, that's because it's the truth. Welcome to Ulysses, idiot. By idiot, I'm referring to you NPR critic. BTW Clint Eastwood's is at his best when he's this restrained. Expand
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HishottieJan 23, 2015
My boyfriend and I saw the movie last night, and it was heart wrenching, I was blown away by everything that Chris Kyle had went through, he got married, had 2 beautiful children and the pain of being away from his family for 4 tours of dutyMy boyfriend and I saw the movie last night, and it was heart wrenching, I was blown away by everything that Chris Kyle had went through, he got married, had 2 beautiful children and the pain of being away from his family for 4 tours of duty was not easy. His wife though hurt by him being gone stood by his side. He was a hero in my book. He did what he needed to do and came back to his family. I will be recommending this to all my friends. Expand
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moviecritic68Mar 18, 2015
Bradley Cooper did an excellent job portraying Chris. Movies like this are necessary to show the public the scars of warfare. I think the overall rating consensus is spot on. It is what it is and served it's purpose of humanizing theBradley Cooper did an excellent job portraying Chris. Movies like this are necessary to show the public the scars of warfare. I think the overall rating consensus is spot on. It is what it is and served it's purpose of humanizing the hardships of leaving your family for battle. Expand
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MBSJan 14, 2015
We saw an Advanced Screening of American Sniper last week, and it was awesome. This movie was directed by Clint Eastwood and you can see his hand in it. It's not flashy, and it tells the story without adding to it like Hollywood tends to doWe saw an Advanced Screening of American Sniper last week, and it was awesome. This movie was directed by Clint Eastwood and you can see his hand in it. It's not flashy, and it tells the story without adding to it like Hollywood tends to do with all war movies, especially ones about the recent wars our men have served in. You feel like you know at least a portion of what a sniper and his SEAL team went through while serving in the Iraq War. But, most importantly, it also tells the story of an EXTRAORDINARY MAN, a true AMERICAN HERO, who devoted much of his life to his country, taking multiple tours to keep "his men" safe, and to protect his country. What an extraordinary movie. I can't say enough about it. Everyone should see this movie. See what this man did for our country. I would also recommend staying through the credits. All the film shown during the ending credits is from actual newsreels. An excellent movie. I wholly recommend it.

Unlike other Hollywood takes on our soldiers, and the war in Iraq, this movie just tells the story. No fluff, no hidden agendas, it just tells the story of who this man was and how much he did for our country. You can tell this movie was based off a book by someone who actually had fought and lived this life. It's very real, and thankfully the book wasn't ruined, like so many are, by embellishments. It doesn't have the flashy coolness that studios tend to do when portraying our Navy SEALS. It's cool to see that, but then you almost feel like what you are seeing is not real, inaccurate, just a Hollywood version of what our SEALs do. Then the other extreme is the hidden anti-war agenda that is always being pushed. This movie just tells the story and after seeing it you feel like you know what it was like to be a SEAL in Iraq. What clearing door to door for insurgents is like and what snipers do for not only their units, but for our country as well. How important they are in our fight against those who hate freedom. This story also shows what sacrifices spouses make in order for their men to be away fighting for their country. It also to me shows the best example of the hyper awareness that occurs and can't help bought be brought home when you have to be unguard constantly when deployed in a hot zone.

I honestly went into this movie thinking there was no way Bradley Cooper could portray Chris Kyle, but was totally wrong in my assumptions. He didn't just portray this larger than life hero, he becomes him. Truly amazing piece of work.
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cordovaaj25Jan 18, 2015
This was a very good movie. Although it hurt very bad, it was some what very accurate and close to the heart where many feelings and memories were lost or hidden. If you are still fighting this private battle in yourself. I would recommendThis was a very good movie. Although it hurt very bad, it was some what very accurate and close to the heart where many feelings and memories were lost or hidden. If you are still fighting this private battle in yourself. I would recommend not seeing this movie especially if you have direct ties. If you ever wanted to know what many feel in and after war. This movie is very recommended. I apologize and I am sorry for all those that said it was boring, and a . I guess those men's lives did not have enough excitement for you. Well try the hobbit, his life was exciting.

Rest In Peace
Chief Kyle
"Semper Fi My Brother"
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samanhanksDec 30, 2014
The old man is back.

And he's back with thoughtful, raging force. Not only is 84-year old Clint Eastwood back in directing American Sniper, he's broken the mold and put it together again with renewed verve and vitality. American
The old man is back.

And he's back with thoughtful, raging force.

Not only is 84-year old Clint Eastwood back in directing American Sniper, he's broken the mold and put it together again with renewed verve and vitality.

American Sniper is an almost-miraculous achievement.

There is little if anything in his recent films that would suggest that director Eastwood would be able to make a film like American Sniper.
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DragonEffect4Jan 19, 2015
Amazing movie depicting the earlier iraq war. It showed what not only he alone went through but many other peoples' experiences too. The movie is definitely worth a watch; it is just as good if not better than lone survivor. The movie isn'tAmazing movie depicting the earlier iraq war. It showed what not only he alone went through but many other peoples' experiences too. The movie is definitely worth a watch; it is just as good if not better than lone survivor. The movie isn't there to show how amazing the us military is or how hard it is to be a sniper, but rather shows us into the life of a man who saved the lives of hundreds of men during the war on terrorism. Expand
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SchroederRockJan 21, 2015
A solid Eastwood action movie that follows a true story and portrays the disconnect that happens between some soldiers and real life when war happens. Bradley Cooper is excellent, the action is properly paced. What kills off this movie fromA solid Eastwood action movie that follows a true story and portrays the disconnect that happens between some soldiers and real life when war happens. Bradley Cooper is excellent, the action is properly paced. What kills off this movie from being one of the best war films of all time is the somewhat rushed feeling of the times between tours that Chris Kyle, leaving it hard to connect with the characters that matter to the central character. If you don't know the story of Chris Kyle and are going to see this movie, I'd recommend not looking it up until AFTER you've seen the movie since there are spoilers that will easily be gleaned from researching his story. Expand
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SDMOVIEGOERJan 23, 2015
Unless you wore the uniform of the United States, or picked up a weapon to defend what we stand for, then you have absolutely no place to criticize those who do. This movie is outstanding. It tells the story of a man who loved his country,Unless you wore the uniform of the United States, or picked up a weapon to defend what we stand for, then you have absolutely no place to criticize those who do. This movie is outstanding. It tells the story of a man who loved his country, and how he defended those freedoms we take for granted. Expand
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WindolickerJan 29, 2015
The fact that this doesn't have better ratings is actually quite astounding. Everything about it is top tier in quality. It is despicable that politics become a reason for professional critics to get on their soapbox and start spewing hateThe fact that this doesn't have better ratings is actually quite astounding. Everything about it is top tier in quality. It is despicable that politics become a reason for professional critics to get on their soapbox and start spewing hate about our troops. The bottom line is that this was the first movie in a very long time that I was happy to pay $15 for at theaters. The acting was phenomenal, as was the cinematography and visual effects. You goons can rate it 0 all day but the fact is that this film may soon become the highest grossing R rated film of all time. Normal people without hard left political agendas like it because it reminds us of the heroes we have at home. Expand
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condythugJan 27, 2015
A good but not great movie which i think gained a lot more attention than it should have due to the good timing with the Oscar nominations. The story is as usual a heroic tale of a Navy Seal with many tense action scenes, and quite of bit ofA good but not great movie which i think gained a lot more attention than it should have due to the good timing with the Oscar nominations. The story is as usual a heroic tale of a Navy Seal with many tense action scenes, and quite of bit of drama as well so if u are expecting a Call of Duty shootout movie then u will be a little disappointed. Bradley Cooper is great and he deserves an Oscar for his performance. The downsides to the movie are that it is a bit long and drags on some dramatic scenes. You can feel that the movie is trying hard to fill in as many aspects of the hero's life as possible but it sometimes tries too hard and feels tedious. Still it is a good movie and well worth the $; just don't expect it to be a war movie with 100% action throughout. It is more of a biographical film of a heroic soldier and his life. Expand
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alexayres98Jan 23, 2015
this movie was i think Clint Eastwoods best, it has heart, shows what the military in Iraq go threw to keep there brothers safe. i think this movie should win a grammy
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rexoppJan 24, 2015
American Sniper is a movie. It doesn’t tell the whole story of the war in Iraq or any war. It doesn’t have to. A movie should entertain and some movies can also provoke thought and feeling on a deeply emotional and philosophical level.American Sniper is a movie. It doesn’t tell the whole story of the war in Iraq or any war. It doesn’t have to. A movie should entertain and some movies can also provoke thought and feeling on a deeply emotional and philosophical level. American Sniper does all of these.

Many critics of the movie have said that the movie doesn’t say enough. That it glosses over complexities of war, or that it allows its action sequences to obfuscate what should be a message about the horrors of war for all sides. The film has been criticized as jingoistic, propagandistic and for glorifying war.

People have criticized that it has inspired some to express their anger and hatred toward Muslims, as though 9/11, airport security, continued terror attacks and widespread expression of hatred by Muslims against America and the West have nothing to do with it.

When a film tries to deal with all the complexities of a subject such as war it can’t help but become preachy. This film doesn’t do that. It exposes us to the complexities in a very real way. It doesn’t try to explain the unexplainable; it just allows us to observe and feel it.

Bradley Cooper does a great job. But for me Clint Eastwood has done a magnificent job as a director. I loved “The Pianist,” and was very happy that Roman Polanski won the Oscar. I love Clint Eastwood’s direction of “American Sniper” for the same reason. The direction disappears.

So many directors think that tricks, gimmicks, angles and effects are what it’s all about in trying to impress an audience. The miracle of filmmaking is when a director can present a story that pulls you in and puts you there; you aren’t watching something created; you are part of the creation, and the hand of the director is invisible.

Bravo Clint.
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JodiJan 26, 2015
As a USMC Vet this movie - based on a true story - actually shows truth about war, about our enemies who will use even their children to kill us - and about the home life of military people - about heroes and their devotion to put their livesAs a USMC Vet this movie - based on a true story - actually shows truth about war, about our enemies who will use even their children to kill us - and about the home life of military people - about heroes and their devotion to put their lives on the line for others. I give this movie 10 thumbs up. A must see...... Expand
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BHBarryJan 31, 2015
"American Sniper" is, as most people know, the story of Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL whose feats in his four Tours of Duty served as the basis for his book and upon which the movie is based. Directed by Clint Eastwood with a screenplay by Jason"American Sniper" is, as most people know, the story of Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL whose feats in his four Tours of Duty served as the basis for his book and upon which the movie is based. Directed by Clint Eastwood with a screenplay by Jason Hall, the film stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. This is the story of a true patriot whose love of country knows no bounds and is inspiring to the most callous of disbelievers. Much like the movie "Selma", the subject of the film is greater than the film itself. This is an action packed war picture with lots of action and, true to Mr. Eastwood’s love of the military and the battles they face, shows us the true nature of the conflict and trials and tribulations of the brave men who fight in them and the mental and physical healing that is so critical to their survival. I viewed the film under the best of circumstances in an IMAX theater and still came away feeling that I had seen "another war film" rather than the great piece of film making that is receiving so much revenue, drawing so many crowds and receiving so many craft nominations. The film is much too long and at times the audience feels it is taking these extra tours of duty along with the
characters in the film. I give the film an 8 because it did hold my interest even though it failed the "I never looked at my watch" test..
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JacobJan 30, 2015
It might be a little too long but it’s a great film. This what Unbroken should’ve been a well made film based on a true story that actually has a beginning and end along with a protagonist we know and connect with. Also, the film is well shotIt might be a little too long but it’s a great film. This what Unbroken should’ve been a well made film based on a true story that actually has a beginning and end along with a protagonist we know and connect with. Also, the film is well shot immersing you in the really well done battle scenes, which is enriched by the excellent use of surround sound and a solid score. When the film ended, for reasons that anyone who is familiar with the actual people and events this film is based on, there was this uncomfortable silence in the theater the likes of which I’ve never felt before. This is a film that will entertain, engage, and unnerve. You shouldn’t just see this film because you are trying to do Oscar homework because it is a well-made film that has sold out three weekends in a role in my local theater for a reason. If you are under 21, and a young adult not a little kid, I’d strongly recommend you try to see this. Get your older friends or your parents to take you (this isn’t one of those films that shouldn’t watch with your parents) because it is worth it. One of the best of the year/Oscar season and I congratulate the film on its Oscar nominations. Expand
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jesse250Feb 21, 2015
Don't let the score fool you; I wouldn't recommend this movie to anybody.

Before I tell my personal experience with the movie, let's get the normal critical review material out of the way. Bradley Cooper did an amazing job playing his
Don't let the score fool you; I wouldn't recommend this movie to anybody.

Before I tell my personal experience with the movie, let's get the normal critical review material out of the way. Bradley Cooper did an amazing job playing his character, as with the other actors of this movie. Top-notch. The cinematography was very well executed as well, especially with the shots through the scopes. I don't know why, but I don't see that too much. The soundtrack was subtle, but noticeable in some parts, which is what I'd expect. Some gripes though: This doesn't show the man that Chris Kyle was. A scene at the end did show respect for him, but honestly the rest of the movie didn't really do that. However, that's not the main point of the movie, as I'll explain in a bit, so that's not the main gripe I have. Character development was severely lacking in basically all other characters except for Cooper's. Still, these flaws don't affect the score too much.

Now for my personal experience with this movie. This movie is a war movie, through and through. When I walk into a movie theater, however, I expect to suspend my disbelief and walk out unaffected. Sure, it may be a crying movie, but still it's not real. This movie was too real for me. I walked out of that theater so emotionally affected that I said to myself that I'd never see it again. Not because it's bad, but because it's too real. I won't use the word realistic (even though it is) because that doesn't seem to be the right word. Movies are unrealistic; it's just something that's been shown. This movie was too emotionally affecting, and I don't want anyone seeing it because of that one fact. A lot of people are saying this is a war propaganda film for America. I'd say that it was doing the literal polar opposite. It was showing the true nature of war; a subject many film-makers are afraid to tread on. All in all, this is a great movie that, again, nobody should watch.
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keve16Mar 26, 2015
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JohnMasterLMar 2, 2015
American Sniper no solo es una pelicula de Guerra, es un drama muy humano, en donde las decisiones, acciones y consecuencias terminan creando un efecto. Sin duda alguna una excelente producción, una increíble dirección de Clint Eastwood yAmerican Sniper no solo es una pelicula de Guerra, es un drama muy humano, en donde las decisiones, acciones y consecuencias terminan creando un efecto. Sin duda alguna una excelente producción, una increíble dirección de Clint Eastwood y posiblemente la mejor actuación de Bradley Cooper hasta ahora. Aunque algunos puntos a resaltar es la polémica (quien es el bueno y quien es el malo) y el bebe falso... Expand
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DokaluJan 30, 2015
Clint Eastwood's American Sniper is the story of Chris Kyle, the best sniper in all American history. Starring Bradley Cooper, this movie is a nice action, family-drama film. The action scenes were really well made, they looked veryClint Eastwood's American Sniper is the story of Chris Kyle, the best sniper in all American history. Starring Bradley Cooper, this movie is a nice action, family-drama film. The action scenes were really well made, they looked very realistic; and it was pretty cool watching how the story is alternating between war scenes and family scenes, looking very believable and fluid. Bradley Cooper did mainly an excellent job, and all the crew also. Sadly, the main character is the only one you are going to care about during all the film, for you never really feel attached to the others, being this a big script problem, more than an acting problem. I didn`t really like how the movie is a little slow and has this grey, depressing aspect. Expand
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RegularGuyRevuJan 25, 2015
Yes, I agree we had no business in Iraq looking for WMDs. Bush and Cheney are liars responsible for the deaths of thousands. However, Kyle's job was to do what he did. He did it better than anyone. He might have been a racist **** but he didYes, I agree we had no business in Iraq looking for WMDs. Bush and Cheney are liars responsible for the deaths of thousands. However, Kyle's job was to do what he did. He did it better than anyone. He might have been a racist **** but he did what his Country asked him to do. And Clint turned it into a good movie. Expand
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eford930Jan 31, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. After hearing numerous positive remarks over the new movie starring Bradley Cooper, I decided to go see American Sniper for myself. At first I was skeptical about Cooper playing such a serious role after seeing him in movies such as The Hangover and He’s Just Not That Into You. Just like the majority of women in America today, I am very fond of him and his acting and assumed he would do a great job performing any character in any type of movie.
My assumption was right. American Sniper was probably one of the top five movies I’ve ever seen and hands down the best movie I’ve ever seen in theaters. Luckily I was able to see it in IMAX at the Warren Theater opening night, which took my experience to the next level. The theater was completely filled and I had to wait an hour in line before I could get a seat. It was no surprise to me that the movie made approximately ninety million dollars in just the first weekend.
The movie was based on a true story about an American hero from Texas. Chris Kyle served as a Navy SEAL and had the most confirmed enemy sniper kills in the Middle East. The movie depicts Kyle’s life during the war as well as his personal life at home with his wife and children. It covers not only the aspects of war and his missions, but the detrimental effects war can have on a person’s life after they come home.
It also shows how much fighting in the war and serving his country meant to Kyle. He kept insisting to go back to Iraq for months and months at a time despite his wife’s strong efforts to keep him home safe. Being a soldier was clearly what he lived for.
I think this movie was done in such a way that it coveys a powerful message to the audience. It was really eye-opening to see how much veterans such as Chris Kyle go through during post-war time. Those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder have extreme challenges to face during their everyday life, and that goes on to greatly affect their families as well.
In the end, Kyle ends up getting murdered by a fellow veteran he tried to help, who was in fact suffering from a severe mental illness after he returned from war. The impact this message delivers to those who do not know much about PTSD, or who underestimate its severity, can only benefit people around the nation.
I think this movie was entertaining, compelling, and exciting to watch. The director did an amazing job of putting the story together in a way that kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time. To sum it all up, I would highly recommend this movie to anyone because it shows what war heroes must go through to do their job and makes you truly appreciate what they do for our country.
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jazzevangelistFeb 18, 2015
I went into this film with very low expectations. I had seen some bad reviews, as well as good reviews - and there seemed to be a partisan divide between those that liked it, and those that hated it. Thus, I was an expecting somewhat of aI went into this film with very low expectations. I had seen some bad reviews, as well as good reviews - and there seemed to be a partisan divide between those that liked it, and those that hated it. Thus, I was an expecting somewhat of a propaganda piece comparing the Iraq war to apple pie.

Nothing could have been further from the truth. This is a gritty, disturbing, realistic, heart breaking, non-political piece about one man's motivation, action & reaction to war and all it involves.

Bradley Cooper is brilliant, and his eyes reveal a thousand shades of emotion. This film does not glorify snipers, nor does it glorify the Iraq War - if anything, it is a realistic portrayal of why & how our soldiers fought & returned to this quagmire with little understanding or support from anyone back home.

It doesn't matter how you feel about the Iraq war, this film will touch your heart & soul and help you understand those that fought in America's name, right or wrong.

I put this film in the category of "Deer Hunter" & "Platoon" as far as capturing the essence of the conflict, and the heart of those involved.
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taylornreynoldsFeb 27, 2015
Bradley Cooper did an excellent job of portraying the role of Chris Kyle. It adequately shows the many struggles and effects of being in a war zone. But most importantly it shows how truly courageous the many men and women that fight for ourBradley Cooper did an excellent job of portraying the role of Chris Kyle. It adequately shows the many struggles and effects of being in a war zone. But most importantly it shows how truly courageous the many men and women that fight for our country are. Expand
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CherryxldMar 29, 2015
American Sniper es un film que resulta satisfactorio ya que logra causa tensión cuando debe hacerlo y también logra evocar bien su trama a la parte psicológica.

American Sniper es una película que te mantiene al tanto de lo que va
American Sniper es un film que resulta satisfactorio ya que logra causa tensión cuando debe hacerlo y también logra evocar bien su trama a la parte psicológica.

American Sniper es una película que te mantiene al tanto de lo que va ocurriendo a medida que avanza, y que logra darle al público esa sensación de intensidad y de nervios que, se podría decir, es una de las razones principales por las que fueron las personas al ver el film. Sin embargo, después de un tiempo, la película empieza a tornarse un poco empalagosa, aunque después de todo, no deja perder su función principal.
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foxgroveJan 19, 2015
Clint Eastwood applies his typical macho style to this superficially entertaining but cliché ridden war drama. Think of an inferior ‘Hurt Locker and substitute a beefed up Bradley Cooper in place of the slighter built Jeremy Renner. TheClint Eastwood applies his typical macho style to this superficially entertaining but cliché ridden war drama. Think of an inferior ‘Hurt Locker and substitute a beefed up Bradley Cooper in place of the slighter built Jeremy Renner. The film’s biggest liability is the screenplay which doesn’t have an original idea through its entire running time. As usual we have to endure the obligatory scenes of boys being boys and their irritating training routines. We watch dispassionately as Cooper’s marriage to Sienna Miller begins to combust as the war and his job as a sniper take their toll. We roll our eyes in disbelief at scenes where Cooper partakes of personal phone calls to Miller whilst at work in the war zone (Would that really be allowed to happen?). The end credits inform us that this is a true story and that the protagonist, Chris Kyle, was killed by a war veteran he was trying to help. Arrogantly, though, we are not privy to any further helpful information like why and how! It’s as if Director Eastwood feels that everyone will have heard of Kyle and know his story. That maybe so in America, but unfortunately does not apply to the rest of the world.
On the plus side the film is at least never boring and is actually very well edited. Cooper is very good and Miller, despite being saddled with some truly awful dialogue and the worst written scenes (her first introduction at the bar not withstanding), also acquits herself with dignity. The Oscar nominated sound is undeserving of the laurel, and one scene in which Cooper plays around with a gun in the family home struck me as being dangerously irresponsible in a film which has undoubted commercial appeal.
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Bigruss730Jan 24, 2015
Reading through some of the comments it's clear that this movie threatens the liberal fantasy world where those defending us are some how evil, and those who are truly evil are somehow the victims.

Chris Kyle was a sniper who killed people
Reading through some of the comments it's clear that this movie threatens the liberal fantasy world where those defending us are some how evil, and those who are truly evil are somehow the victims.

Chris Kyle was a sniper who killed people who were vicious, heartless, and cared little for the value of human life. The film is an insight into the perspective of one man who fought in the war, and the complexity that comes with being a soldier. It allows us to see what Kyle experienced both as a soldier and as a husband, and the difficulty in being both.

This is not a rehashing of events, or a piece of propaganda as some would have you believe, but rather it is a powerful insight into what the men and women in our military experience, and demonstrates why those of us who aren't in the military, owe our servicemen a tremendous debt of gratitude.
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netflicJan 30, 2015
This is a bio-pic, a story of Chris Kyle, the most lethal American sniper in US military history. Chris Kyle did four tours in Iraq.
He would accompany his unit, eliminating the threat to Marines when they go door to door searching for
This is a bio-pic, a story of Chris Kyle, the most lethal American sniper in US military history. Chris Kyle did four tours in Iraq.
He would accompany his unit, eliminating the threat to Marines when they go door to door searching for insurgents.
Clint Eastwood, the director of this movie, does not shy away from psychological problems that many veterans, including Chris, experience after coming back home and entering a normal life. Eastwood pays tribute to Chris's achievements and honestly shows extreme difficulties soldiers face in a battle and upon coming back home.
Battle scenes are very intense, dramatic and believable. The movie in some way reminded me of "Hurt Locker", but this film is about a real person, and not fictional.
Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor.
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SchnitzelPoofFeb 8, 2015
The movie ran for over two hours, but I barely felt the time pass. The combat scenes are intense and horrifying, while Chris Kyle's personal life is a touching representation of the difficult issues soldiers and veterans cope with. KnowingThe movie ran for over two hours, but I barely felt the time pass. The combat scenes are intense and horrifying, while Chris Kyle's personal life is a touching representation of the difficult issues soldiers and veterans cope with. Knowing the movie is based on real events made it matter more to me, but I never expected to be so overtaken by it.
American Sniper makes you understand Chris Kyle and how he saw the world. It speaks for him, perhaps better than the man spoke for himself. Whether you hate or love both the man and the film for that depends on your own moral character.
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thascalosJan 23, 2015
This is essentially a character piece, describing the life, motivations, and choices of Chris Kyle as he joins the military, serves with distinction as a Navy SEAL sniper, and deals with the mounting personal impact of repeated tours in Iraq.This is essentially a character piece, describing the life, motivations, and choices of Chris Kyle as he joins the military, serves with distinction as a Navy SEAL sniper, and deals with the mounting personal impact of repeated tours in Iraq.

Despite the subject matter, the movie has a relatively low-key presentational feel, and presents setting and events in a very neutral way. There is a sense of calm, objective narration which allows the audience to notice the significance of key points without needing the usual exaggeration or dramatic highlighting to draw their attention. In particular, the physical and psychological costs of military service to Chris Kyle, some of his compatriots, and his brother are made clear without melodrama or overt contrivances.

His meeting with his future wife, their marriage, and the increasingly stressful absences from his growing family during tours, punctuated by eventful calls home, provide the essential notes of what proves to be a tragic love story, given his unexpected and untimely death in 2013, only a few years
after his honorable discharge. As a recent news item, I assume this doesn't constitute a "spoiler".

The film has reportedly demonstrated broad appeal among both art house film fans and general audiences, and I've read a number of reviews suggesting that the presentation is compatible with diverse ideologies. I think the neutral tone contributes to this.

It's intended as a dramatic depiction of a true story, rather than simply being "inspired by" or "based on" real people and events (as with, for example, "The Imitation Game"). It is therefore constrained as to the kind of plot it could have or events it could contain without violating the integrity of the
film. The movie benefited from this by being less "Hollywood", at the price of having a plot which is in one sense less intense than something explicitly tailored to trigger audience response. That said, I would rate it very highly among the war and military-related movies I've seen, with the understanding that it's a straight drama, not an action/adventure or suspense/thriller film.
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ChryscynthiaFeb 28, 2015
Should have won best picture but Hollywood's bias against Eastwood stopped that from happening. The film is so much more than sniping, had a lot to do with post war effect of soldiers returning to society, prideful patriotic individuals, andShould have won best picture but Hollywood's bias against Eastwood stopped that from happening. The film is so much more than sniping, had a lot to do with post war effect of soldiers returning to society, prideful patriotic individuals, and how families are affected by all of this. Movie holds your attention from the start. It's an excellent film. Expand
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kc57Jan 29, 2015
What an informative movie about soldiers' experience as they take on the responsibilities our country gave them to take the war to them so they would not again bring it to us. Thank God there are people like this or our country would beWhat an informative movie about soldiers' experience as they take on the responsibilities our country gave them to take the war to them so they would not again bring it to us. Thank God there are people like this or our country would be another Sudan, Nigeria or Syria. It also brought awareness of the impact on these men and women and their families and the aftermath of PTSD and attempting to adjust. And yes, adults giving children explosive to kill others are savages and men drilling holes into the heads of children because of the "crime" of their parents, cutting off body parts of women and skinning other men alive are savages. And I would not have any hesitation or remorse for killing them too. Moral is getting rid of evil and most Iraqis were killed by Iraqis. Expand
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ajarias96Jan 23, 2015
Chris Kyle is one of the most interesting characters to come out of 2014, what's even more amazing was that he was a real man. In a year filled with biopics and the many re-tellings of history, American Sniper is a stand-out. Similar toChris Kyle is one of the most interesting characters to come out of 2014, what's even more amazing was that he was a real man. In a year filled with biopics and the many re-tellings of history, American Sniper is a stand-out. Similar to Unbroken American Sniper is way more than a war movie. It tells the story of a hero who just happened to earn the honor during a time of war. Bradley Cooper disappears into Chris Kyle, in what is one of his best performances to date. Kyle may have been the most lethal sniper of all time, who killed more than 150 people, but at the end of the day it doesn't matter. Not since The Unforgiven has a film really shown the pain that man faces after he has killed another man. In movies today we too often see characters kill other characters like it's no big deal but that isn't the story in American Sniper. Kyle was a normal man with a wife and two kids. He felt pain and it's a pain that so many veterans feel today. American Sniper made apparent the talent that we all know Eastwood possess; sadly it's a talent that we have seen less and less of in recent years. American Sniper is a great film in whole filmed with some of the most suspensful and moving scenes to come out of the year; above all the film is topped by an amazing and unforgettable performance by Bradley Cooper Expand
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AxgrinderJan 17, 2015
American Sniper tells the very moving story of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle. The firefight scenes are exceptionally realistic, reminiscent of Saving Private Ryan, but with slightly less intensity. On that basis alone, I would consider AmericanAmerican Sniper tells the very moving story of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle. The firefight scenes are exceptionally realistic, reminiscent of Saving Private Ryan, but with slightly less intensity. On that basis alone, I would consider American Sniper to be one of the top 10 war movies of all time. Bradley Cooper gives a solid, but emotionally range limited performance of a rugged individualist who never waivers in his understated, but rock-solid, patriotism for American. Kyle’s primary mission is to use his sniper rifle to guard and protect his fellow soldiers who are tasked with doing the door-to-door fighting in the streets of Iraq. He is so good at his job he ends up with the rather burdensome nickname of “The Legend”.

Kyle comes home for good after 4 tours of duty having killed more men, women and children than he cares to remember, mostly after having viewed them through his long-range rifle scope. Kyle is an extremely well-centered individual with exceptional mental toughness, but 1000 plus days of combat duty, combined with being so heavily relied upon by others for protecting their lives, is going to take its toll on you, and Kyle unconsciously copes with the stress by drying up emotionally and becoming something of a shell. Kyle’s wife (Sienna Miller) recognizes Kyle’s emotional withdraw early on in their relationship, but sticks with her man anyway.

Unfortunately, Director Clint Eastwood spends so much time in Iraq, that there is little time left for the movie to explore Kyle’s post-war life. The movie gives short shrift to exploring the depth of Kyle’s emotional damage, and how Kyle is able to bounce back from his war experiences and reclaim his soul. We are shown only a very short scene in which Kyle meets with a therapist who tells Kyle that there are still soldiers out there (returning combat veterans) who need him to rescue them. Kyle’s emotional recovery seems instantaneous, and Eastwood’s shallow treatment of the issue left me wondering what really happened. The end of the movie comes quickly thereafter. It feels like Eastwood ran out of time and simply shut the story down. If you don’t know the story, the ending is both shocking and very moving, and I won’t spoil it for you here.
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SeanGamerDaysJan 27, 2015
It was an awesome movies, m'kay? It's got a good story telling, while Clint Eastwood directing this movie. But, it's still not showing how he is f---ing dead! I wan't to know more about it, honestly... I wonder why it's showed on the goddamnIt was an awesome movies, m'kay? It's got a good story telling, while Clint Eastwood directing this movie. But, it's still not showing how he is f---ing dead! I wan't to know more about it, honestly... I wonder why it's showed on the goddamn news, but not the movie... Expand
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ledaumasJan 21, 2015
Another movie I didn't need to see. However, I can't help thinking the reason most went to see this movie is so that we can breed more Chris Kyles to fight these sneaky wars where they use children, women, families and their own snipers toAnother movie I didn't need to see. However, I can't help thinking the reason most went to see this movie is so that we can breed more Chris Kyles to fight these sneaky wars where they use children, women, families and their own snipers to give their lives for a ridiculous cause: Killing Americans because they are financial successful and have religious freedom. Of course, when these Chris Kyles get back home, we'll have another problem, which is why he was volunteering, and why he was killed. But first we have to get rid of, or at least make a dent, into that evil in the world that affects our lives. If it takes a Chris Kyle, then so be it. The message in this movie is powerful. The world is crazy, and it's sad to say, we sometimes need people like Chris Kyle to give us a temporary respite. Negotiating or reasoning with them hasn't worked, so, shoot to kill. But I don't find Chris Kyle to be honorable, and certainly no hero. The truly honorable sharp-shooter was Sergeant Alvin York in WWI. That's a true hero who killed only when his fellow soldiers were being killed. In that case, he had no choice and although an admitted pacifist, he also said the same thing Kyle said almost 100 years later, Alvin also killed to save lives. Expand
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beingryanjudeFeb 1, 2015
American Sniper offers an often suspenseful look at the battlefield during the Iraqi War--but, perhaps, the most effective aspect is its deep psychological look into post-traumatic stress. Bradley Cooper adds another fine performance to hisAmerican Sniper offers an often suspenseful look at the battlefield during the Iraqi War--but, perhaps, the most effective aspect is its deep psychological look into post-traumatic stress. Bradley Cooper adds another fine performance to his resume - with Sienna Miller proves her own worth. Expand
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AmericanPunkFeb 14, 2015
I think this story touches upon somethings that can make a person kind of think what kinds of things some of these soldiers are faced with. I thought it was a well told story and I'm glad i went to see it.
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NedRyerson1Feb 17, 2015
American Sniper marks the return of Clint Eastwood to war themes, like most of his movies what he is trying to accomplish here is to reveal the point of view from a selected character towards life and death. First of all is interesting theAmerican Sniper marks the return of Clint Eastwood to war themes, like most of his movies what he is trying to accomplish here is to reveal the point of view from a selected character towards life and death. First of all is interesting the scenario in which the story takes place, the objective is to show how it changes people, in this case the ascension of Chris Kyle from nobody to US legend, and even more into some kind of god that watches over his child from above. Although what happens in Irak doesn't stay in Irak; and the failure in the protagonist's adaptation to the normal world is another thing that the director adds to this reflection; this is why Kyle will do what ever it takes to protect his family. Now I'd like to quote Walt Kowalsky's phrase from Gran Torino: "the thing the haunts a man the most, is what he isn't order to do"; since the viewer sees the trailer of this movie, he understands what we are speaking of. Every soldier of any other war in history excuses himself in his superiors, no one takes the responsibility, because they can't carry on their shoulders the guilt; here lies the inhuman strength of the protagonist and because of that transformation, he no longer belongs in our world. Clint Eastwood once more demonstrates what he is capable of and with a Bradley Cooper that is building himself a great career in acting. Expand
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zouz123Mar 16, 2015
Good movie about a great hero who saved the lives of hundreds by killing hundreds. Well some say the movie is way too American, and that it's all propaganda, but i totally disagree. The badass in the movie is the arab sniper whom no one could catch.
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CPD98Feb 21, 2015
Tenía miedo de encontrarme con una americanada total y, pese que en parte lo sea, me siento satisfecho con la película de Eastwood.
Junta la guerra y la vida cotidiana de una forma muy entretenida, con grandes escenas bélicas, y Cooper hace
Tenía miedo de encontrarme con una americanada total y, pese que en parte lo sea, me siento satisfecho con la película de Eastwood.
Junta la guerra y la vida cotidiana de una forma muy entretenida, con grandes escenas bélicas, y Cooper hace un buen papel.
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MarickFeb 8, 2015
American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical war drama film[6] directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall. It is based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by ChrisAmerican Sniper is a 2014 American biographical war drama film[6] directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall. It is based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. With 255 kills, 160 of which were officially confirmed by the Department of Defense, Kyle is the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history. The film stars Bradley Cooper as Kyle and Sienna Miller as his wife Taya, with Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardrict in supporting roles. Expand
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danippMar 13, 2015
As expected, an extremely patriotic film, putting an American man as a hero and Iraq as hell, besides some lack of development in major parts, like the main character's relationship with his brother. On the other hand, it's an exciting andAs expected, an extremely patriotic film, putting an American man as a hero and Iraq as hell, besides some lack of development in major parts, like the main character's relationship with his brother. On the other hand, it's an exciting and electrifying adaptation about Chris Kyle and his battle against terrorists and his difficulties with a wife who raises their children all by herself and wants him back home. Cooper on his best role so far! Expand
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jgray232Feb 2, 2015
This is not a review for liberals... This is a fantastic movie it shows some of the real sacrifices that these men and women have to make. I thought it should what a true patriot was and it is an excellent movie and any true American wouldThis is not a review for liberals... This is a fantastic movie it shows some of the real sacrifices that these men and women have to make. I thought it should what a true patriot was and it is an excellent movie and any true American would enjoy this movie. Expand
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homer4presidentMar 13, 2015
The only thing I had trouble with was the lack of faults in Kyle other than his difficulty with the war - believing to a fault that war has a greater calling than family. I could relate to him on so many ways but believe that everyone hasThe only thing I had trouble with was the lack of faults in Kyle other than his difficulty with the war - believing to a fault that war has a greater calling than family. I could relate to him on so many ways but believe that everyone has more faults than we were presented in American Sniper. Expand
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Loler13grMar 3, 2015
Going to the cinema I thought I would watch just another Iraq war movie staring a bad-ass sniper making impossible kills. I was wrong. Although it's still a war movie I think it's one of the best of it's kind. Bradley Cooper gives a greatGoing to the cinema I thought I would watch just another Iraq war movie staring a bad-ass sniper making impossible kills. I was wrong. Although it's still a war movie I think it's one of the best of it's kind. Bradley Cooper gives a great performance both in Iraq and in America making the viewer understand the struggles of a military man who has been through hell. In addition I got attached to the secondary characters which is something a war movie rearly manages to accomplish. Overall it's a really good movie and I recommend you go see it. 7/10 Expand
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RipperskiteJan 10, 2015
Eastwood genio e.e
Peliculón con escenas épicas como la de la tormenta de arena. Ben Affleck va de jefe, y se lo merece.
Qué más decir, muy recomendable y para nada aburrida.
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BHSHockey26Jan 21, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. American Sniper was an incredible movie to watch and I would highly recommend anyone to watch it. Clint Eastwood did an amazing job directing this film, and I can understand why Chris Kyle picked him to direct it. Something that made this movie so unique was how it touched upon the character's personal life back at home, rather than just the action and war scenes. In comparison to Lone Survivor, that personal background is definitely something that was missing. This movie accurately portrays Chris Kyle as the hero that he was, the number of lives that he took is far less than the number of lives he saved. The way that he died truly bothered me for days until I saw his wife talking on national news. One thing she talked about was how Chris died. She said that the way he died really portrayed who he was as a person. He died helping a veteran, and it goes to show that he truly was a service person, always doing good for others in any way that he could. Expand
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CaptainSkipFeb 3, 2015
It is interesting to note that most all of the reviewers who gave this movie a zero have written only one review ever ............. Make me think that the same person with a Liberal Progressive Agenda wrote them all.

I believe Chris Klye
It is interesting to note that most all of the reviewers who gave this movie a zero have written only one review ever ............. Make me think that the same person with a Liberal Progressive Agenda wrote them all.

I believe Chris Klye to be a true American Hero and I enjoyed the film
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duncan1964Feb 13, 2015
The true story of the most successful sniper in American military history becomes a stripped back story thanks to the efficient and no nonsense direction by Clint Eastwood. Cooper is excellent as the title character, and Miller confoundsThe true story of the most successful sniper in American military history becomes a stripped back story thanks to the efficient and no nonsense direction by Clint Eastwood. Cooper is excellent as the title character, and Miller confounds expectations by matching his performance as his long suffering wife. There is a moral and ethical argument to be had here about the evils of war and whether or not we should be glorifying someone who is, to all intents and purposes, a stone cold killer, but that isn't what Eastwood is interested in. The enemy are deliberately kept at a distance and never become anything more than cyphers, but what Eastwood has crafted is a brilliant war film that, like the soldiers it depicts, gets on with the job without too much concern for why they are doing it Expand
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ArgeonFeb 2, 2015
Certainly an interesting movie. Coming in, I wasn't sure what to expect - a piece of propaganda? A touching and scary story about PTSD? Action on the battlefield?

Well, it turns out it's a mash of everything. It's about Chris Kyle, a
Certainly an interesting movie. Coming in, I wasn't sure what to expect - a piece of propaganda? A touching and scary story about PTSD? Action on the battlefield?

Well, it turns out it's a mash of everything. It's about Chris Kyle, a top-notch American Sniper. It goes between a soap-opera-ish movie with his wife and an action/drama during the war scenes, but it mixes very well. Cooper is unrecognizable with how buff he is, and he nails his role.

It's pretty intense, a bit smooshy is some parts, but overall pretty touching. I would recommend seeing this movie.
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HaithamBFeb 6, 2015
American Sniper is a biased, pro-america film. However, it is still a fairly intense, deep and emotional story about the deadliest american sniper in history.
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ydnar4Jan 23, 2015
I was a little disappointed by American Sniper. I figured that Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper were going to be a perfect combination for this movie, but it didn't reach my expectation. Cooper was great as he often is and although he likelyI was a little disappointed by American Sniper. I figured that Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper were going to be a perfect combination for this movie, but it didn't reach my expectation. Cooper was great as he often is and although he likely won't win an Oscar for this performance it will go down as one of his greatest. Chris Kyle just had such an incredible and difficult background to jam into a 2 hour movie and I felt that they were trying to rely too much on the action and not enough on the drama. I was glad that they incorporated the effects of PTSD during this movie. Just to show that Chris Kyle had some demons. The last 20 minutes were the past of the movie that were the best. Expand
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kafkanianFeb 22, 2015
The movie is not bad, but it is nowhere near the hype that it got by both critics and public. It lacks depth and plot development. I personally think that Fury was a way better war drama with better acting perfomances. However, it's a goodThe movie is not bad, but it is nowhere near the hype that it got by both critics and public. It lacks depth and plot development. I personally think that Fury was a way better war drama with better acting perfomances. However, it's a good film and worthy of your time if you've got nothing else to do. Expand
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Drewnino2Jan 25, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Penny Marshall goes to Iraq would have been less mawkish and heavy handed. That said, Cooper was very believable and without his stability the movie would have failed. The Iraq action scenes were fantastic and engaging, although by Tour 4 I had had enough (probably the point, but still). The non-Iraq scenes were very flat to me. The last 20 minutes or so were even more manipulative than the preceding 90. While I honor the military and respect those who fight for their country in service, I am not sure this movie helps the cause. I think a film more centered on the PTSD and VA aspects post-war would have been more engaging, although I realize the Chris Kyle story requires build-up of his 'legend'. And why was he holding that cocked pistol on his wife at the end? Expand
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Sapra6Feb 7, 2015
It is a good movie but don't really think it excels in any of its genre( Action,Drama) .I also felt it was choppy and missed fluency in the plot.But emotions of protagonist were really showcased well.I think it is worth watching once.
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dr_twitchJan 25, 2015
Absolutely magnificent! Nothing can possibly compare to the feat of strength, bravery, and selflessness Chris Kyle had. He saved countless American lives. He laid his life down for the service of our country. Clint Eastwood brought to life anAbsolutely magnificent! Nothing can possibly compare to the feat of strength, bravery, and selflessness Chris Kyle had. He saved countless American lives. He laid his life down for the service of our country. Clint Eastwood brought to life an amazing story of a hero. A man set on God, Country, and Family. No movie before could possible provide the spine chilling adaptation of war than this film. The sacrifices depicted in this movie are unbelievable. Chris Kyle was a true patriot, and this movie showed every bit of his, spirit, sense of humor, honor, and dignity. Bradly Cooper brought an Oscar winning performance. Be prepared to hold back tears through the whole movie and grip your seat at every intense moment that will leave you silent and motionless once it's over. And above all thank you Chris Kyle and all of those men who fought for our country. I honor you. Expand
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MamajoanJan 25, 2015
American Sniper is one of the best movies Clint Eastwood ever made, obviously it made 200 million dollars, hello, he must have done something right? People were lined up to see it and I loved it!
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busbfranFeb 3, 2015
Bradly Coopers performance is once again amazing and effortless, the plot is engaging and the war zone is incredible intense however, American Snipers biggest downfall is in its final moments.
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BenHazeldenJan 23, 2015
An incredible film that had me on the edge of my seat for the entire viewing, the fighting is extremely realistic and grim, the acting is great, and the directing by Clint Eastwood is breathtaking - therefore this gets a ten, and you mustAn incredible film that had me on the edge of my seat for the entire viewing, the fighting is extremely realistic and grim, the acting is great, and the directing by Clint Eastwood is breathtaking - therefore this gets a ten, and you must watch it.
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lasttimeisawJan 25, 2015
Amid its unanticipated parade into this year’s Oscar race (6 nominations including BEST PICTURE and BEST LEADING ACTOR) as an extremely late contender, and more astonishingly, its domestic box-office outburst since last week, Mr. Eastwood’sAmid its unanticipated parade into this year’s Oscar race (6 nominations including BEST PICTURE and BEST LEADING ACTOR) as an extremely late contender, and more astonishingly, its domestic box-office outburst since last week, Mr. Eastwood’s biography of Chris Kyle, the most prolific Navy SEAL sniper, arrives to the fore in Egypt.

The film stirs a massive controversy in the states albeit it has achieved a career peak for the octogenarian film legend, as there is a pungent odour of jingoism permeating the narrative, particularly centres on its defamatory depiction of Muslin race in the Iraqi war zone, what is exacerbating is that under the current international circumstances, it doesn’t help to dissipate the acute prejudice in the stateside, pitifully, Eastwood could not been more open-minded in his well-executed anti-war drama.

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CoedyJan 25, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'm not much for war movies but I enjoyed this one. It seems most people's complaints are how this movie is a "patriotic, war-mongering, propaganda piece," but I didn't see that at all. Me and my wife thought that the film somewhat satired the "patriotic, war-mongering, propaganda" agenda due to the portrayal of gungho soldiers ready to get revenge for fallen comrades that ends up becoming an endless cycle of verve and loss. After all, it seems that humanity is the enemy itself, not just the Iraqi militants. Yes, the main character depicted loves and fights for his country, but the film captures his loss of humanity and purpose as the "fight for freedom" melds into a trophy hunt of revenge.

For those saying Cooper's, Chris Kyle is represented as having no depth and only as a mindless soldier, he has clear progressions and regressions of character in the movie. The effects of war dull his emotions but it's blatant that during those tours, war is home for him. This sacrifices his ability to cope and interact with civilian life, well depicted.

I do agree, however, that a movie paralleling both lives of the snipers in this film would have been great. Definitely worth a watch at the theaters or when it comes out to rent.
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JamesCannonJan 20, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Well done but overly simplistic at times. Great performances from both Miller and Cooper. This is a straight bio pic that doesn't really give you much wiggle room. It honors its subject well and stays on a true path to his untimely and tragic end. Expand
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aguyglobalJan 17, 2015
It's a very tense war film that does a good job without feeling like a simple propaganda piece. Bradley Cooper does a good job as Chris Kyle, aka, "The American Sniper", and there are some very good emotional moments throughout the film, asIt's a very tense war film that does a good job without feeling like a simple propaganda piece. Bradley Cooper does a good job as Chris Kyle, aka, "The American Sniper", and there are some very good emotional moments throughout the film, as well as a few surprisingly funny scenes as well. Regardless of you stance on war, I still recommend at least checking this film out. Expand
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Brendon6446Jan 25, 2015
The movie had its gasping moments but something about it made me feel like it didn't deliver the same feeling as many of you saw and felt in the trailer. It was a solid movie but nothing special as you may think. For me i had higherThe movie had its gasping moments but something about it made me feel like it didn't deliver the same feeling as many of you saw and felt in the trailer. It was a solid movie but nothing special as you may think. For me i had higher expectations but i have to say when it has its moments i felt the characters emotions and couldn't take my eyes off the screen. Expand
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max3290May 24, 2015
To all of you idiots out there bashing the movie, I just wanted to point out that it WAS nominated for an academy award. No amount of "0" ratings is going to change that. An seriously, 0 of 10???? Don't come on here and try to make aTo all of you idiots out there bashing the movie, I just wanted to point out that it WAS nominated for an academy award. No amount of "0" ratings is going to change that. An seriously, 0 of 10???? Don't come on here and try to make a political point. I'm sure you game the most recent Michael Moore movie a 10 out of 10. To say the movie painted all muslims as evil is stupid. Expand
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TheQuietGamerNov 23, 2016
What works in American Sniper is that it's more than your average war movie. The action is still there in brutal and exciting form. Standing beside that action and ultimately eclipsing is the true story of American sniper Chris Kyle.

We get
What works in American Sniper is that it's more than your average war movie. The action is still there in brutal and exciting form. Standing beside that action and ultimately eclipsing is the true story of American sniper Chris Kyle.

We get to actually know him, or at least enough about him to make us care. As a result there is a heart and soul to the movie to keep things going. Seeing the effects the war has on Chris Kyle's life, particularly his mind are compelling and emotional.

American Sniper hits on familiar beats we've seen time and time again in war movies. PTSD, soldier talk, and the problems faced back home aren't new themes to the genre. However, that doesn't make them any less potent here. Thanks to strong direction and great central performance from Bradley Cooper, American Sniper has some real weight to it.
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