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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.