K-19: The Widowmaker
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A real-life historical incident becomes the basis for this military thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow that's reminiscent of such submarine dramas as Das Boot (1981), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Crimson Tide (1995), and U-571 (2000). Harrison Ford stars as Captain Alexi Vostrikov, a Russian naval officer who's being given command of the Soviet Union's first nuclear submarine, K-19, at the height of the Cold War in 1961. The vessel's previous commander, Captain Mikhail Polenin (Liam Neeson) has been demoted to executive officer following a botched test and his outspoken… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Why did movie moguls think that this was the right moment for a tale of unflinching loyalty to the Soviet Union?"
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"[A] really strong work from start to finish."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A brutally effective, brilliantly constructed dramatic thriller."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Manages to find another way to become a big-budget Hollywood summer production that shamelessly panders to the lowest common denominator."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"O sotaque de Ford é inconstante e Bigelow tenta forēar demais o drama. Vale pela história."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"What could have been a movie packed with historical significance and nail-gnawing underwater tension ends up little more than a lumbering public-service announcement for the human spirit."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"More intellectually scary than dramatically involving."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"K-19 makes an American audience care about Communists trapped between a rock and a hard place deep beneath the sea."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"... A taut, skillfully-executed thriller anchored by two rock-solid leading men."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"It's a military maxim that there is no room for egos on a submarine. Which prompts the question if there's any more room for another military movie set below the waves?"
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Bigelow hits all her marks and more within the narrow parameters."
‑ Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"...takes its place among a small group of undersea motion pictures. Unfortunately, it takes its place at the end of the line."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Kathryn Bigelow's K-19 sinks to a watery grave."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Occasionally trying on accents that are reminiscent of a 'Rocky and Bullwinkle' cartoon, Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson have rarely been saddled with such awkward roles."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"This movie has all the hallmarks of a well-made, dramatic film that takes itself just a little too seriously."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
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