U-571 (2000)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 21, 2000
DVD Release Date: October 24, 2000
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Excellent cinematography and an interesting plot accompanied by a talented cast and crew make U-571 a tense thriller.

Time Out

Without much charge and even less depth.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

An entertaining action-adventure flick minus the hokiness of most World War II films.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

... more like a Star Trek television episode

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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle

It's a wham-bam bumpy ride, great fun in the old-fashioned war movie tradition.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A very tense and exciting war movie.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

If watching a two-hour submarine movie is this nerve-shattering, imagine what the real thing must have been like.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A strange, volatile mix of history and movie cliches.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

[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]

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Well this caused a hullabaloo upon release, such a big hullabaloo that it even involved our British Prime Minister, some MP's and eventually President… More
Lenny Muggsy
Smalls from Sandlot is killin' Natsies.
Kevin M. Williams
This star vehicle, set in WWll, actioner has the Yanks stealing a disabled German sub in the mid-Atlantic (much as the producers hope to steal the thunder of… More
Alex roy
U-571 is a submarine war film designed for the technically intempt or n audience who ignores fact. The film is entertaining, but the plot as usual surrounds… More
Kase Vollebregt
Despite its impressive cast and collection of gripping scenes, 'U-571' proves to be just another film trying make its mark on the genre. Problem is,… More
Jason Owens
"U-571" is a spectacular movie about WWII submariners with a plan to board a German ship in order to seize and obtain a German decoder called the… More