American Sniper
American Sniper (2015)

From director Clint Eastwood comes "American Sniper," starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, 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.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 16, 2015
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Powered by Clint Eastwood's sure-handed direction and a gripping central performance from Bradley Cooper, American Sniper delivers a tense, vivid tribute to its real-life subject.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The 84-year-old's deep appreciation of the masculine -- its conflicts, its appeal, its evolving truths -- has added texture to our understanding of violence, warfare and more. At least as it is represented onscreen.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

If American Sniper fails at being a truly great film, it is no fault of its star.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

It's too bad that it isn't a better movie, as its more complex shadings tend to get lost in the narrative rush and overly familiar situations, which makes it all the easier to misunderstand it and treat it like a political jackhammer

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

American Sniper romanticizes Kyle, whose bestselling memoir, which put him on talk-show appearances, included boastful stories of dubious authenticity. What remains is distilled and dramatized, a story of loss, the story of the universal soldier.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The film is, simply, a tragedy in which American certainty comes to grief against the rocks of the real world, and it views its central figure as a decent man doing indecent things for what he keeps telling himself is a greater good.

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CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

Cooper's performance is totally precise. The gradations he and Eastwood have chosen to show - of Kyle's character, personality and disease - are perfectly graded ... and if that isn't exactly the man Chris Kyle was, it's an indelible movie character.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The fluidity and tension of the battle scenes is breathtaking, Eastwood at his cinematic best. But it's the ever-tightening knot inside of Kyle the director really wants to understand.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

A movie that can't find a credible perspective on its subject, despite a winning performance from Bradley Cooper in the title role.

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Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis

Eastwood leaves a lot on the table when the big, difficult questions come up, but when the bombs start exploding, this movie is locked in and purposeful.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
Riveting, impacting and natural for a biopic. American Sniper puts together the natural talents of both Clint Eastwood & Bradley Cooper on and off the… More
Dan Schultz
An intense, powerful portrayal of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the most lethal sniper in U.S. history, and his tours in Iraq as he struggles to keep his… More
Sanjay Rema
This film does a good job illustrating the trauma caused by war and the struggle a soldier can have re-acclimating to normal society. The performances are good,… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Despite its flaws, American Sniper tells an important story and is ultimately an emotional and powerful film. Bradley Cooper carries the entire film with a… More
Julie B
And oscar-worthy performance by Bradley Cooper. He made it through a whole scene with a fake baby without laughing. If David Oyelowo can't win, then… More
Everett Johnson
"American Sniper" is the true story of Chris Kyle(Bradley Cooper), the deadliest sniper, in American Military history. Even though this all takes… More