Saving Private Ryan (Film) Review

Saving Private Ryan

Released: 24th July 1998
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore, Jeremy Davies, Vin Diesel
Rating: R
Running Time: 170

Anchored by another winning performance from Hanks, Spielberg's unflinchingly realistic war film virtually redefines the genre.

(Film4) said:
"Thanks to Hanks, and Spielberg's technical finesse, this develops into a powerful and potent portrayal of men at war, and those opening 20 minutes are worth the price of entry alone."
Todd McCarthy (Variety) said:
"No further commentary is needed when the raw brutality of combat is presented as indelibly as it is here."
Derek Adams (Time Out) said:
"Why did Spielberg make it? He wants us to imagine we can feel the terror of being there, but does that make us any wiser about this or any other conflict? Probably not."
Almar Haflidason (BBC) said:
"This is an important film that deconstructs war machines into separate, frightened men as it so likely was."
Kenneth Turan (Los Angeles Times) said:
"A powerful and impressive milestone in the realistic depiction of combat, Saving Private Ryan is as much an experience we live through as a film we watch on screen."
Richard Schickel (TIME Magazine) said:
"A war film that, entirely aware of its genre's conventions, transcends them as it transcends the simplistic moralities that inform its predecessors, to take the high, morally haunting ground."
Mike Clark (USA Today) said:
"Spielberg opens in flashback with a half-hour set piece brilliant enough to climax any other masterpiece."
Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times) said:
"A powerful experience."
Gary Kamiya ( said:
"Using the overpowering techniques of modern film, Steven Spielberg has cut through the glory-tinged gauze that shrouds World War II to reveal its brutal reality, creating a phenomenology of violence unsurpassed in the history of cinema."
Janet Maslin (New York Times) said:
"A soberly magnificent new war film."


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