American Sniper
American Sniper (2015)

From director Clint Eastwood comes "American Sniper," starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. But there was much more to this true American hero than his skill with a rifle. U.S.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 16, 2015
DVD Release Date: May 19, 2015
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Powered by Clint Eastwood's sure-handed direction and a gripping central performance from Bradley Cooper, American Sniper delivers a tense, vivid tribute to its real-life subject.

Dana Stevens
Slate

American Sniper has a perspective that's recognizable from the classic Westerns Eastwood has long been associated with, both as an actor and a director. It's an existential critique of violent machismo that doubles as a celebration of violence.

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Bruce Kirkland
Toronto Sun

Clint Eastwood's American Sniper is an often lazy and somewhat hazy propaganda film about American heroism and hell in the Iraq War.

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Jason Bailey
Flavorwire

Not only watchable, but quite good - the kind of lean, mean mediation on masculinity and duty that this particular filmmaker has always done so well.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Eastwood makes the moral stakes almost nonexistent.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

Although Cooper succeeds in resembling and sounding like the real Kyle, this isn't some cheap impersonation trick. Cooper gives maybe the best performance of his career.

Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

Kyle killed two men, as a civilian, with his massive Colt .44 Magnum. That's a 'Dirty Harry' gun. Who directed 'American Sniper'? Dirty Harry did. That's terribly ironic.

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John Powers
NPR

It speaks emotionally to audiences who sense that we lost something in Iraq, yet still want to honor the heroism of those who risked their lives for the cause, whether or not it was ultimately a great one.

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Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly

Director Clint Eastwood deftly shows the mental and physical toll of heroism in a way that will leave you gutted.

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Padraic McKiernan
Sunday Independent (Ireland)

Cooper excels in the central role while Eastwood succeeds in the difficult task of delivering a war movie that focuses more on the personal sacrifice made by soldiers than it does on politics. It's all the better for it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Though understandably accused of being jingoistic and racist - even if it makes a (dishonest, yes) distinction between Iraqi civilians and terrorists -, this is… More
Film Crazy
An entertaining and powerful movie, made more so when knowing the fate of the marine involved. A sad and enthralling movie but at the same time borders on being… More
Christian C
Well-directed and at times inspiring, "American Sniper" is a strange blend of Jingoism and a criticism of the violence inflicted on the American side… More
Spencer S.
This film has raised more controversy than any Oscar nominated film since "Zero Dark Thirty," for very similar reasons. There's a lot of… More
Josh Lewis
Succeeds largely on the strength of Bradley Cooper's great performance and less on the true life story that inspired it. Despite being a well told story,… More
Jim Hunter
Chris Kyle, motivated by 9/11 and a perverse value structure, leaves his family behind to fight in Iraq, becoming the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history.… More