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: May 19, 2015
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Critic Score: 73% 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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Jon Espino
The Young Folks

Clint Eastwood shows us he can still churn out a good war film, but misses the mark on making it a truly great one.

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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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Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

American Sniper depicts events that saw Kyle revered as a hero among his military colleagues, but the film, and Cooper's performance, challenge what that word may mean.

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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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Rebecca Cusey
The Federalist

Primarily, it is a gritty and moving war story about the heroes who have answered America's call to arms. Secondarily, it is an unapologetic manifesto from Eastwood about what it means to be an American and a warrior today.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
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Pierluigi Puccini
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