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: July 24, 1998
DVD Release Date: November 2, 1999
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

If words occasionally fail the picture, the images speak indelible volumes.

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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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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

After a generation of films revisiting Vietnam, Steven Spielberg steered Hollywood back to the pride and accomplishment of "the greatest generation."

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

[Saving Private Ryan] accomplishes something I had been taught was most difficult -- making an action-filled anti-war film or, at least, one that doesn't in some way glorify or lie about combat.

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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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Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Steven Spielberg's film is not perfect: it plays its strongest card first, the middle section is slightly uneven, and there are sallies into sentimentality. But it is a modern war classic.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Saving Private Ryan is a masterpiece. It cements Steven Spielberg's reputation as one of the seminal filmmakers of the era.

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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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Neil Norman
London Evening Standard

The result, I am sorry to say, is that Saving Private Ryan seems almost banal in its achievement, a film that sacrifices humanity for technical wizardry.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
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 marvelous… 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.
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
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