Saving Private Ryan
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Steven Spielberg directed this powerful, realistic re-creation of WWII's D-day invasion and the immediate aftermath. The story opens with a prologue in which a veteran brings his family to the American cemetery at Normandy, and a flashback then joins Capt. John Miller (Tom Hanks) and GIs in a landing craft making the June 6, 1944, approach to Omaha Beach to face devastating German artillery fire. This mass slaughter of American soldiers is depicted in a compelling, unforgettable 24-minute sequence. Miller's men slowly move forward to finally take a concrete pillbox. On the beach… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"Spielberg accomplishes these goals with a technical virtuosity that no other director, arguably in the history of the cinema, can even approach."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"Dramatic lapses notwithstanding, Saving Private Ryan goes beyond technical dazzlement to put a new, indelibly terrible face on war."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Spielberg's typically overindulgent sensibilities mute the impact of the film's more overtly captivating moments."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Technically, it may be the best-made war movie yet, but dramatically, it barely delivers."
‑ , Total Film
"After seeing Ryan, many of us will look at our aging fathers or grandfathers with a newfound respect."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Saving Private Ryan is the war movie to end all war movies. It's the ultimate combat film, far outdistancing what until now had been the genre's World War II classics."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Calling it the greatest war movie ever made does a disservice to other, equally worthwhile, lower-profile films. But it's still an excellent movie, as effective in battle scenes as it is in that of soldiers ruminating on an Edith Piaf song."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Ultimately, it lacks the resonance of such classics as All Quiet on the Western Front, but this is still well-meaning, strongly acted and slickly mounted, and ranks among the director's very best films."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Its dramatic shortcomings may demote Private Ryan from the ranks of battlefield classics, but the film explodes romantic notions of World War II like an artillery shell bursting through the center of your rib cage."
‑ Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The result is staggering."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The cast functions as an effective and believable unit. And Hanks gives a strong, increasingly solemn performance as its mysterious leader."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Anyone who would like to know what superb filmmaking is all about need look no further than this overpowering movie."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"By now we expect this level of performance and narrative competence from a Spielberg film. But what makes Saving Private Ryan a watershed is its emotional maturity."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Baltimore Sun
"Steven Spielberg has made a film about bravery that doesn't shy away from the horrors encountered by soldiers even in a "good" war. But he wasn't quite brave enough to present the story without a comforting coat of saccharine."
‑ Serena Donadoni, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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