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In this World War II action thriller, American reconnaissance agents learn that a German submarine is sinking. The doomed ship carries an Enigma Machine, a special coding device that allows high-level Axis forces to send messages that can't be read without a similar encryption mechanism. Obtaining a working Enigma device would be invaluable for the Allied war effort, so a U.S. sub is sent out to rescue the machine. However, German forces have already picked up the sub's distress signal and are en route to rescue their comrades. U-571 features a distinguished cast, including Matthew… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Without much charge and even less depth."
‑ , Time Out
"An entertaining action-adventure flick minus the hokiness of most World War II films."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"... more like a Star Trek television episode"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Delivers action scenes that are both visually dynamic and highly suspenseful."
‑ Bob Grimm, Sacramento News & Review
"Like the rusted old subs deployed in the story, the picture seems designed to stay in the safe shallows and not to plumb any real dramatic depths."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"It's a wham-bam bumpy ride, great fun in the old-fashioned war movie tradition."
‑ Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle
"You can enjoy U-571 as a big, dumb war movie without a brain in its head. But that doesn't stop it from looking cheesy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A very tense and exciting war movie."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"I've never seen a movie as dependent on a fancy sound system."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"A top-notch, high quality actioner that is destined to hit its male-oriented, testosterone-driven demographic and make a pile of money in the process."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"If watching a two-hour submarine movie is this nerve-shattering, imagine what the real thing must have been like."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A strange, volatile mix of history and movie cliches."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"[Both] a rousing action thriller...[and] near-parody of the rah-rah American military adventures that filled screens in the '40s and '50s. [Blu-Ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The film needs something more to make it interesting and different."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"It's really hard to go wrong with a submarine war movie."
‑ , Hollywood.com
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