K-19: The Widowmaker
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

A real-life historical incident becomes the basis for this military thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow that's reminiscent of such submarine dramas as Das Boot (1981), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Crimson Tide (1995), and U-571… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 19, 2002
DVD Release Date: December 10, 2002
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A gripping drama even though the filmmakers have taken liberties with the facts.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Why did movie moguls think that this was the right moment for a tale of unflinching loyalty to the Soviet Union?

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

[A] really strong work from start to finish.

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...takes its place among a small group of undersea motion pictures. Unfortunately, it takes its place at the end of the line.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

What could have been a movie packed with historical significance and nail-gnawing underwater tension ends up little more than a lumbering public-service announcement for the human spirit.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

More intellectually scary than dramatically involving.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A brutally effective, brilliantly constructed dramatic thriller.

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Dennis Lim
Village Voice

Bigelow hits all her marks and more within the narrow parameters.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Gets stuck in a no man's land between the real and the fictional.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

K-19 makes an American audience care about Communists trapped between a rock and a hard place deep beneath the sea.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Captain Alexei Vostrikov: We deliver, or we drown.  "Fate has found its hero." To be honest, I didn't expect a movie half as good as the one I… More
Al S
Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson are electrifying. Ford gives a fearless, demanding and commanding performance. Neeson is outstanding. Some of the best and most… More
Mike S
What I thought would be a mediocre sub flick, turned out to be so much more. The Academy Award for Best Director that Kathryn Bigelow received last year, is… More
Wahida K
This Movie was a tiny bit boring for me, but a friend enjoyed it, as she is a Polit-Thriller Fan. I m not much in to Politic anyway. lol
Alex roy
K-19 is a masterful submarine film. No such sub film since Das Boot conveys a sense of drama and helplessness like K-19. Kathryn Bigelow has assembled a great… More
Ross Collins
I'd forgotten I'd seen this one. It is not the action thriller that one would expect from a submarine drama. This is the true story of the first sea… More