Schindler's List
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Based on a true story, Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman in Poland who sees an opportunity to make money from the Nazis' rise to power. He starts a company to make cookware and utensils, using flattery and bribes to win military contracts, and brings in accountant and financier Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) to help run the factory. By staffing his plant with Jews who've been herded into Krakow's ghetto by Nazi troops, Schindler has a dependable unpaid labor force. For Stern, a job in a war-related plant could mean… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For this film Spielberg has done the best directing of his career. Much of his previous work has been clever and some of it better than that, but Schindler's List is masterly."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"What the visual immediacy of Schindler's List does is to prod each of us to fill in the gaps of emotion for ourselves. To put this another way, the more you are able to invest in this superb, demanding film, the more you are likely to get back."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Spielberg uses stark, brutal realism to put over his powerful points about racism and ethnic cleansing, and the use of stunning black-and-white photography and gritty hand-held camera footage give the film a potent documentary style."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"The movie exudes an inescapable realism. Unlike a pastiche of newsreel footage, however, Spielberg craftily imbues Steven Zaillian's masterful screenplay with an emotionally charged examination of calculated brutality."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The moving film may be arduous to watch, but brilliantly acting and painstaking accuracy make it a must-see."
‑ Phil Villarreal,
"More than any previous non-documentary Holocaust movie, this one convinces through the accumulation of such detail."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Few American movies since the silent era have had anything approaching this picture's narrative boldness, visual audacity, and emotional directness."
‑ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"Not so important socially as it thinks it is, perhaps, but even more important aesthetically and thematically."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It looks, without ever averting its gaze, at the darkest of the dark."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Profoundly moving, profoundly shocking, profoundly important."
‑ , Total Film
"Schindler's List is filmed in black and white, but the triumph of Neeson's portrait and Steven Zaillian's screenplay is that Oskar Schindler remains gray and enigmatic."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"What Spielberg has done in this Holocaust story is simply and forcefully place us there."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Spielberg never solves the Schindler riddle, which keeps this from being a truly great picture. He does bring to Schindler's List the technical skill and dazzling smoothness of a movie-making natural."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Schindler's List is one of Steven Spielberg's most powerful films, capturing the tragedy and horror while still finding room to inspire and move generations."
‑ Jeremy Lebens, We Got This Covered
"Ultimately, the film is memorable as much for simple testimony as for the cinematic art it displays."
‑ Derek Malcolm, Guardian
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