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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The movie gradually works its way, with quiet intelligence and apparent conviction, until there's no turning from it. An hour in, and we're on that boat. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Though this saga would be terrific to read about, it is dicey screen material that only a genius should touch. With no genius in sight, K-19 might be headed for meltdown. show more

  • 20
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Rarely has a major motion picture -- and this one is major by virtue of its misplaced ambition as well as its budget -- been afflicted by such flagrant dissonance between subject and style. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    I don't think that a woman behind the camera necessarily affects the tenor of what is on screen, but never before have I seen a men-of-war film more notable for its psychology than its spectacle. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The Cold War isn't exactly a hot ticket right now, but K-19 punches up the timeless aspects of the story -- adventure, danger, teamwork, noble self-sacrifice and two forceful actors butting heads, even if you don't buy them as Russian for a moment. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There is one surprise in the movie, a decision having nothing to do with the reactor, that depends entirely on the ability of the characters to act convincingly under enormous pressure; casting stars of roughly equal weight helps it to work. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Bigelow gives this film edge, tension and something you aren't expecting: a woman's touch for teasing out the buried emotion beneath those stoic surfaces. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    A relentlessly serious action movie, characterized by, of all things, sorrow. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    K-19 will not go down in the annals of cinema as one of the great submarine stories, but it is an engaging and exciting narrative of Man confronting the Demons of his own fear and paranoia. show more

  • 63
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Despite its exciting moments, the film is too long. show more

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