Schindler's List is a film whose meanings are to be found less in its uplifting outline than in its harrowing flow of images -- images of fear, hope, horror, compassion, degradation, chaos, and death.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Rising brilliantly to the challenge of this material and displaying an electrifying creative intelligence, Mr. Spielberg has made sure that neither he nor the Holocaust will ever be thought of in the same way again.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
Ultimately, the film is memorable as much for simple testimony as for the cinematic art it displays.
Derek Malcolm - Guardian [UK]
For a movie -- or more accurately, a Hollywood-approved art movie -- this often-stunning work puts the Holocaust into bracing perspective.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Schindler's List is a ruthlessly unsentimental portrait of a German war profiteer's epiphany that inspires neither sorrow nor pity, but a kind of emotional numbness.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
Few American movies since the silent era have had anything approaching this picture's narrative boldness, visual audacity, and emotional directness.
Terrence Rafferty - New Yorker
What is most amazing about this film is how completely Spielberg serves his story. The movie is brilliantly acted, written, directed and seen.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
What Spielberg has done in this Holocaust story is simply and forcefully place us there.
Gene Siskel - Chicago Tribune
Spielberg does an uncommonly good job both of holding our interest over 185 minutes and of showing more of the nuts and bolts of the Holocaust than we usually get from fiction films.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
This is the film to win over Spielberg skeptics.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
In a severe, uncompromising manner that none of his previous films has approached, Spielberg has captured the terror of the Nazi reign as well as the determination and resourcefulness of those who resisted.
John Hartl - Film.com
Because this film touches us so deeply, the catharsis has a power that few -- if any -- other moments in film history can match.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Schindler's List, despite blatant compromises, is a rending historical document.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Schindler's List is one of Steven Spielberg's most powerful films, capturing the tragedy and horror while still finding room to inspire and move generations.
Jeremy Lebens - We Got This Covered
The moving film may be arduous to watch, but brilliantly acting and painstaking accuracy make it a must-see.
Phil Villarreal - COEDMagazine.com
Schindler's List serves up three full hours of brilliant storytelling that's as humane and compassionate as it is gripping and provocative.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Profoundly moving, profoundly shocking, profoundly important.
Dean Essner - Total Film
There are a few moments -- a handful, out of a three-hour film -- in which Spielberg does push the story into melodrama. As for the rest, though, Schindler's List has a real and unexpected integrity.
Stuart Klawans - The Nation
Accurate, heartbreaking masterpiece about the Holocaust.
Heather Boerner - Common Sense Media
Schindler's List, because it is so finely crafted and authentic, truly allows one to experience the devastating, calculated breakdown of a Polish Jew in 1939 through the end of the war.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
In a film that is mostly black and white, small touches of color -- a candle flame; a child's coat, bright red -- bring the enormity of the tragedy into excruciating focus.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
a beautiful masterpiece... even though it's the hardest movie ever to watch
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
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Rory L. Aronsky - Screen It!
Accessible ... .
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
This is a beautifully crafted, hopeful movie.
Colin Kennedy - Empire Magazine
A heart-rending and redemptive Holocaust story, this Oscar-grabbing epic added to Spielberg's directorial credibility, showing he could handle controversial, sophisticated stories with real sensitivity.
Dean Essner - Film4
Spielberg made the picture with sufficient professional gravitas to signal that he understood the line he was walking. But it is ultimately just a movie, and we all know that in a black-and-white film, chocolate syrup can be read as blood.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Spielberg has painted his masterpiece with his own blood.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
The movie is raw and unexpected and it vividly depicts the Holocaust in all its monstrousness.
Andy Kurtz - Bullz-Eye.com
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Spielberg's tribute to the Holocaust reps Hollywood cinema at its best. Looking at the phenom from Schindler's narrow POV, the film is sharply-written and anchored by three great actors, Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
It's a noble achievement, and essential viewing.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Schindler's List s'inscrit parmis les meilleurs films de Steven Spielberg et se veut un portrait tres reussi de l'holocauste et de l'horreur qui en decoule.
Louis-Jerome Cloutier - Panorama
Dirigido com uma discricao pouco comum em Spielberg, o filme emociona por sua crueldade e conquista gracas a complexidade do carater de Schindler.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
There's no trust here from the director that the audience might be able to fathom the horrors of the Holocaust if the lines between good and bad aren't distinctly drawn.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
The film is as historically important as it is dramatic, and every high school student should see it.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Spielberg is enough of a master showman to break up the horror with small rewards.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Many of the images, like the invasion of the Krakow ghetto, unfold like a collective nightmare of unspeakable brutality and dread.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Spielberg is such a filmmaking savant that it's hard to tell where the cinema ends and the protection of his sanity begins in Schindler's List
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
Many (including me) might argue that, for all its excellence, Schindler's List isn't Spielberg's best movie, but it's certain to retain its standing as his most important.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Austin O'Connor - Lowell Sun
A classic that stays with the audience long after the closing credits conclude.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A theme park ride masquerading as master's thesis.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Michael Drakulich - Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
A masterpiece of epic proportions. Nothing captures all the different sides of the terror of the Holocaust as well as this gripping story.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
D. S. - Palo Alto Weekly
Matt Bailey - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Solid holocaust drama that confuses the importance of the subject with the importance of itself.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Who would have thought that it would be a master of fantasy like Steven Spielberg who would direct what might be the most wrenching film ever made?
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Explores the mystery of goodness in this astonishing drama of a scoundrel's amazing acts of bravery and selflessness.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
The documentary style allows Spielberg to deliver his message without preaching. The clever use of light and shade also makes it visually stunning.
Carmel Gallagher - BBC
Dean Essner - BBC
one of the most devastatingly emotional films ever made
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The result is unquestionably his most important work, his most fully realized work, his most rewarding work.
Dean Essner - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
While SCHINDLER'S LIST is the least Spielberg-ian and least showy of the director's work, it demonstrates an artistry that is at times highly stylized.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The acting is excellent. Liam Neeson is super, as is Ben Kingsley. I thought Ralph Fiennes was especially good; chilling!
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
This is a supremely powerful depiction of the banality of evil and -- for once on film -- the seductiveness of good.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Spielberg marshals all his formidable storytelling talents and puts them at the service of an epic human drama.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Spielberg has crafted a nearly perfect film, a gripping and brilliantly acted epic .
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Schindler's List is a true dramatic classic, capable of making anyone cry.
James Brundage - Filmcritic.com
What is most memorable is not the tragedy of the lives lost or even the number of people Schindler saved, but how such an imperfect man could have done something so perfect
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
Schindler's List (1993) is Steven Spielberg's award-winning masterpiece - a profoundly shocking, unsparing, three-hour long epic of the Holocaust.
Tim Dirks - Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
[Schindler's List] is a very good piece of cinema and those who are ready to spend three hours in front of the screen would be rewarded with a powerful, thought-provoking piece of seventh art.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
An intensely personal meditation on the nature of heroism and moral choice, rendered on the kind of rich, dreamlike cinematic canvas that only Hollywood can realize.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide