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: 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.

Dana Stevens
Slate

American Sniper has a perspective that's recognizable from the classic Westerns Eastwood has long been associated with, both as an actor and a director. It's an existential critique of violent machismo that doubles as a celebration of violence.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

Although Cooper succeeds in resembling and sounding like the real Kyle, this isn't some cheap impersonation trick. Cooper gives maybe the best performance of his career.

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Robert Horton
HeraldNet (Everett, WA)

Kyle is ably played by a hulked-up Bradley Cooper, who leaves out neurotic shadings in favor of a straightforward turn that seems fittingly non-complex.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Eastwood makes the moral stakes almost nonexistent.

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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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Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

Eastwood's disconnected direction means we spend the entire movie with a man in stasis: Kyle's either hiding behind the scope of a rifle or sitting very still, drinking himself insensate.

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John Powers
NPR

It speaks emotionally to audiences who sense that we lost something in Iraq, yet still want to honor the heroism of those who risked their lives for the cause, whether or not it was ultimately a 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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Tom Meek
Cambridge Day

There's little doubt as to Chris Kyle's commitment as a protector of his country or as a father, but when the film ends, the definition of who Chris Kyle was remains a mystery.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Well-directed and at times inspiring, "American Sniper" is a strange blend of Jingoism and a criticism of the violence inflicted on the American side… More
Film Crazy
An entertaining and powerful movie, made more so when knowing the fate of the marine involved. A sad and enthralling movie but at the same time borders on being… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Though understandably accused of being jingoistic and racist - even if it makes a (dishonest, yes) distinction between Iraqi civilians and terrorists -, this is… More
Spencer S.
This film has raised more controversy than any Oscar nominated film since "Zero Dark Thirty," for very similar reasons. There's a lot of… More
Josh Lewis
Succeeds largely on the strength of Bradley Cooper's great performance and less on the true life story that inspired it. Despite being a well told story,… More
Jim Hunter
Chris Kyle, motivated by 9/11 and a perverse value structure, leaves his family behind to fight in Iraq, becoming the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history.… More