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Reviews: American Sniper (2014)

american_sniperReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: E’ un cimitero di occasioni sprecate questo American Sniper, un brutto infortunio, che bisognerà dimenticare in fretta.
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Una de esas propuestas que levantan ampollas desde su misma concepción y que, la verdad, no da para tanto. Clint Eastwood propone un himno a los que luchan muy pulcro técnicamente, bien sostenido por sus actores, pero que no alcanza alturas mayores.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Though the climax indulges in flashes of rah-rah simplicity, and its supervillain is a bit overcooked, ‘American Sniper’ has a psychological complexity that transcends typical “war movie” tropes; it’s never as simple as being just a “hero” or “patriot.”
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: From its first scene, in which Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is faced with killing an Iraqi child or allowing American soldiers to come to harm, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper gives a powerful impression of the daily trauma of modern warfare. Yet, like Bill O’Reilly shouting down one of his dissenting guests, Eastwood refuses to allow any reflection on the subject or on Kyle himself.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm
    • Excerpt: Destroy All Monsters: Faster, AMERICAN SNIPER! Kill! Kill!
  • Enrique Buchichio @ Cartelera.com.uy [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Clint Eastwood, que supo hacer películas sobre la guerra que eran humanas, complejas, reveladoras, esta vez hace las cosas más simples. Aquí lo único que importa es la experiencia de Kyle, su asombroso récord de muertes y lo difícil que es volver a casa. No hay nada más.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: What impressed me the most about “American Sniper” is that it is unlike any war movie I have seen in recent memory, and we have Eastwood’s gentle and deliberate hand to thank for this.
  • Robert Cashill @ Popdose
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
    • Excerpt: American Sniper is at its freshest and most insightful when examining the physical and mental effects warfare takes on a soldier.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: While some unsettling reports…have resurfaced in pre-Oscar jostling, Eastwood’s depiction of the toll war takes on the men who fight it and Bradley Cooper’s transformative performance are still worth celebrating for their craftsmanship.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: No es lo mejor de Clint Eastwood.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The film does not say anything revelatory about the subject, but it says its piece with a precise clarity of narrative and an appropriate degree of moral uncertainty.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Sad, serious, if stilted study of the effects of brutality and violence.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: American Sniper is a solid well constructed effort. The ongoing effect that war has on an individual’s psyche as well as his family are thoughtfully addressed, but there’s never anything particularly revelatory added to the conversation.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A banal, bland tribute to things no one questions as laudable (though it has to misrepresent its subject to do so). But Bradley Cooper is very good.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Director Clint Eastwood shows us the unimaginable grit and fortitude it takes a man to stare through a scope for hours on end waiting for that miniscule millisecond when his trigger finger decides to end a life.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: A solidly well-made war biopic about the most lethal sharpshooter in U.S. history, “American Sniper” is also dramatically problematic and cursory, keeping it from achieving the greatness that was so closely within its grasp.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
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  • Dan Lybarger @ KCActive.com
    • Excerpt: As with his earlier movies Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers, Eastwood won’t make viewers feel any less proud to be American. That said, in all of these films he does have the courage to acknowledge that the effects of war can’t always be measured in casualty statistics.
  • James Marsh @ The Society For Film
    • Excerpt: Clint Eastwood’s latest military drama documents the true story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, reported to be the deadliest sniper in US history. A committed performance from Bradley Cooper anchors the film, which looks at Kyle’s life during war and peace time, but the end result has proved incredibly divisive and occasionally troubling.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: Unjustly vilified by the groundless political controversy surrounding it, ‘American Sniper’ offers an intriguing human take on the figure of the war veteran, who, regardless of whether he fits into the right-wing or left-wing narrative of war, is deserving of attention, assistance, and help. Hate the war, not the soldier.
  • Patrick Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Henceforth known as ‘Murrican Sniper.
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Ter sido nomeado ao Óscar de Melhor Filme é uma das maiores afrontas da História.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Chris Kyle’s American Sniper may not have been a completely accurate version of the truth, and Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper further distorts things in a Hollywood fantasy version of his life.
  • Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: Eastwood handles human emotion in American Sniper with all the subtlety of a bear trap, and you’ll end up wishing he’d just stop stepping in it. The stateside scenes are worse. Cooper and Miller valiantly try to make it work, but they’d be better served acting the scenes out with just a bunch of grumbles and grunts than actually speaking Hall’s wooden dialogue.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Far and away his most commercially successful movie, this is far from Clint Eastwood’s best artistically.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: It is far deeper and says a lot more about the American character than it first might appear.
  • Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Corporate Political Military Junta Propaganda: Hollywood Commits Cultural Suicide With Clint Eastwood’s Help
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A respectful, and more than respectable, attempt to celebrate Kyle’s service while also taking account of the effect it had on him and his family.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • David Upton @ So So Gay
    • Excerpt: Realism or no, the script makes no attempt to understand the other side of the fence. American Sniper is brainwashed because it comes from a mindset that has a hierarchical view of society.
  • Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: Although the book paints a better picture of Chris Kyle as a man, this is one RPG of a war story.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Less than a decade ago, it would have been difficult to imagine Clint Eastwood directing a film as shallow, undistinguished, and alarmingly jingoistic as American Sniper.
Updated: July 20, 2015 — 10:09 pm

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