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Based on 34 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 7 )
  • 100
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    An overwhelming experience. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The rawest, most sustained screen portrayal of 20th century combat. show more

  • 100
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Steven Spielberg's best war film -- and one of the two or three best movies the director has made. show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    For those who are willing to brave the movie's shocking and unforgettable images, Saving Private Ryan offers a singular motion picture experience. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This film embodies ideas. After the immediate experience begins to fade, the implications remain and grow. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A watershed picture, for both Spielberg and war movies. show more

  • 100
    New York Post

    A film of such cyclonic visual and emotional power, of such dazzling virtuosity and shattering humanity, that it is difficult to endure, yet alone describe. Savagely beautiful and savagely true, Saving Private Ryan is an excruciating masterpiece. show more

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    G. Allen Johnson San Francisco Examiner

    The effect is riveting and frightening. You feel you are under siege with the combatants. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The story raises hard moral questions relating to the relative value of human lives and the overwhelming debt that may be felt by those who benefit when others sacrifice. But the movie falls short of excellence because it doesn't so much explore these issues as finesse them in an action-filled climax. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A horror movie based on history, offering some of the most spectacularly brutal, viscerally intense battle scenes ever brought to a Hollywood movie. show more

  • August 13, 2012 filmlover1994
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    The 25-Minute Opening D-Day Landing Sequence In 1998\'s Saving Private Ryan Is My Favorite Scene In Motion Picture History.

  • June 01, 2011 samzietara
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    a great movie i was on the edge of my seat the whole time It was a overwhelming experience

  • March 29, 2011 Denis
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    Very enjoyable movie; though there were quite a few factual errors in the movie. From the start: Abraham Lincoln never wrote to anyone about the loss of her sons - never happened.

  • April 23, 2010 peepeeboyfloyd
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    Band of Brothas was betta

  • June 29, 2009 srbgodsmack1992
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    A great war movie but with some unseen flaws. First: the D-Day landing was a bit unrealistic. The driver of the boat would not in his right mind park his passenger load directly in front of a bunker. Just plainly unrealistic. Second: Spielberg always puts some stupid child element into every one of his damn movies. In this case, the German child and Vin Diesel. Plain stupid. The movie was great, 4/5 stars, and Tom Hanks is one of my favorite actors. If you haven't seen this movie and are in the mood for an emotional spin then pick this one up at your local Hollywood Video/Blockbuster!

  • August 10, 2008 Spongfan94
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    this movie was amazing. it was so bloody, but still so powerful and so real. some people might cry at the end of the movie. fantastic movie.

  • August 03, 2008 .kowalski440mag
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    This epic war movie was similar to one other epic war movie...The Longest Day. Both movies were 5 stars in their own right. Wonderfully produced and directed in their portrayal of real men fighting against horrendous odds struggling to survive in a 'real' life and death situation. Oh the humanity of it.....what our fathers and grandfathers endured back then makes our daily struggles pale in comparison. If even one 15 minute segment of either of these movies came close to their portrayal of real action in WW2 then the courage those men exhibited makes my life's accomplishments pale to near insignificance.

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