Schindler's List Reviews

  • 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 —

  • 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  • Schindler's List, despite blatant compromises, is a rending historical document.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 —

  • Profoundly moving, profoundly shocking, profoundly important.

    Dean Essner — Total Film

  • 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

  • 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 —

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