Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan (1998)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 2, 1999
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Anchored by another winning performance from Hanks, Spielberg's unflinchingly realistic war film virtually redefines the genre.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The film is directed by Steven Spielberg, and breaks new ground in content and style. It merges some of the most realistically disturbing battle footage ever included in a feature film with a touching human story.

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Paul Tatara

Spielberg accomplishes these goals with a technical virtuosity that no other director, arguably in the history of the cinema, can even approach.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of Spielberg's most difficult "problem" films.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

If Steven Spielberg's emotional intelligence matched his visual genius, his harrowing, passionately felt and honorably flawed new film might qualify for one of the greatest American movies ever made about World War II.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

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.

Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

This is Spielberg's way of showing that these warriors were ordinary men -- men who, if they survived, became the grandfathers and great-grandfathers who, these days, pass largely unnoticed through life.

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Peter Rainer
New Times

Spielberg puts us through the hair-trigger terrors of combat in a way no other filmmaker has ever dared, and yet there's a gentleness to his enterprise. He's interested in the humaneness that comes through the horror.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The cast functions as an effective and believable unit. And Hanks gives a strong, increasingly solemn performance as its mysterious leader.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

Spielberg is telling his fellow Americans to appreciate the sacrifices their forebears have made and to act accordingly.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
When Steven Spielberg was finally handed a long overdue Oscar in 1993, he received it for tackling the harrowing genocides of World War II in… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
A powerful film. It's only misstep is the length; the plot drags a bit, but the impressive action sequences completely absorb the viewer.
Carlos Magalh„es
Technically exceptional and surprisingly unsentimental for Spielberg, this is a powerful and intense depiction of the brutality and horrors of war. A marvellous… More
Graham Jones
The opening beach scene is a shining moment in in war film history. Never has the violence and emotion been so real. With great performances from the entire… More
Eric Shankle
I don't think I've ever seen a war film as realistically portrayed as this one. There are scenes in "Saving Private Ryan" that still haunt… More
Albert Kim
I remember when "Saving Private Ryan" first hit theaters, some theaters banned children under 17 to go watch the movie, even with their parents. I… More