Schindler's List (1993)



Critic Consensus: Schindler's List blends the abject horror of the Holocaust with Steven Spielberg's signature tender humanism to create the director's dramatic masterpiece.

Movie Info

Based on a true story, Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman in Poland who sees an opportunity to make money from the Nazis' rise to power. He starts a company to make cookware and utensils, using flattery and bribes to win military contracts, and brings in accountant and financier Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) to help run the factory. By staffing his plant with Jews who've been herded into Krakow's ghetto by Nazi troops, Schindler has a … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Steven Zaillian
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 9, 2004
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as Oskar Schindler

as Itzhak Stern

as Amon Goeth

as Emilie Schindler

as Poldek Pfefferberg

as Poldek Pfefferberg

as Helen Hirsch

as Wilek Chilowicz

as Marcel Goldberg

as Julian Scherner

as Victoria Klonowska

as Rolf Czurda

as Herman Toffel

as Leo John

as Rolf Czurda

as Albert Hujar

as Diana Reiter

as Mila Pfefferberg

as Danka Dresner

as Juda Dresner

as Henry Rosner

as Nightclub Maitre d'

as Manci Rosner

as Rabbi Menasha Levart...

as Josef Bau

as Investor

as OD/Chicken Boy

as Mr. Lowenstein

as DEF Foreman

as Investigator

as Majola

as Dieter Reeder

as SS Waffen Officer

as Wilhelm Kunde

as Auschwitz Guard

as SS Waffen Man

as Gestapo Brinnlitz

as Border Guard

as Czurda's Girl

as Brinnlitz Man

as SS Guard Zablocie

as Black Marketeer

as Regina Perlman

as Josef Liepold

as Rudolph Hoss

as Auschwitz Guard

as Depot Master

as SS NCO Zablocie

as SS NCO-Ghetto
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Critic Reviews for Schindler's List

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (18)

Spielberg ultimately remains Spielberg, finding his enduring themes within Thomas Keneally's novel and giving them the full Spielberg treatment.

Full Review… | February 17, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

For this film Spielberg has done the best directing of his career. Much of his previous work has been clever and some of it better than that, but Schindler's List is masterly.

Full Review… | January 7, 2014
The New Republic
Top Critic

More than any previous non-documentary Holocaust movie, this one convinces through the accumulation of such detail.

Full Review… | May 6, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Schindler's List is filmed in black and white, but the triumph of Neeson's portrait and Steven Zaillian's screenplay is that Oskar Schindler remains gray and enigmatic.

Full Review… | May 6, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

What the visual immediacy of Schindler's List does is to prod each of us to fill in the gaps of emotion for ourselves. To put this another way, the more you are able to invest in this superb, demanding film, the more you are likely to get back.

Full Review… | May 6, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Few American movies since the silent era have had anything approaching this picture's narrative boldness, visual audacity, and emotional directness.

Full Review… | February 22, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Schindler's List

Spielbergs masterpiece. An amazing cast makes this one of the all time best movies.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Thomas Keneally's novel based on the role of Oscar Schindler during the holocaust was very much his cinematic coming of age. Many have criticized Schindler as a profiteer and coward for not taking up arms against the Nazis. He was not a soldier and if he had done, at best he may have killed a handful of inconsequential German troops before dying a "hero's death". And every man, woman and child who worked in his factory would have been murdered. Spielberg does not shy away from the fact that he was not a saint, showing him to be a womaniser and hedonistic opportunist but when he was faced with the human tragedy of his environment he acted; a reaction that was all too rare at the time. In fact Spielberg draws parallels between Schindler and Goeth, his counterpart in the military workcamp but whereas the industrialist was a man of compassion, Goeth was the embodiment of the Nazi party; a cold, cruel and ruthless man who acted without conscience or mercy. It's true that the film is guilty of button pushing, but it is the manipulation of a master story teller; the highlighting of the girl in the red coat in particular is obviously Spielberg's way around the old adage of "one death is a tradegy, a million deaths is a statistic." Putting a human face on an individual tragedy is the only way it is possible to process horror on such an unimaginable scale. Beautifully shot and expertly played, Schindler's List is a remarkable and moving film that will no doubt be part of a larger monument to an atrocity that must be remembered to ensure that it is never, ever repeated.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

No film I have ever seen manages to convey stronger emotions than "Schindler's List".

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

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