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Schindler's List (1993)

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97

Average Rating: 9/10
Reviews Counted: 78
Fresh: 76 | Rotten: 2

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

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Average Rating: 8.7/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 0

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

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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

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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.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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More than any previous non-documentary Holocaust movie, this one convinces through the accumulation of such detail.

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Few American movies since the silent era have had anything approaching this picture's narrative boldness, visual audacity, and emotional directness.

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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What Spielberg has done in this Holocaust story is simply and forcefully place us there.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Spielberg uses stark, brutal realism to put over his powerful points about racism and ethnic cleansing, and the use of stunning black-and-white photography and gritty hand-held camera footage give the film a potent documentary style.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Not so important socially as it thinks it is, perhaps, but even more important aesthetically and thematically.

November 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Spielberg never solves the Schindler riddle, which keeps this from being a truly great picture. He does bring to Schindler's List the technical skill and dazzling smoothness of a movie-making natural.

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

The movie exudes an inescapable realism. Unlike a pastiche of newsreel footage, however, Spielberg craftily imbues Steven Zaillian's masterful screenplay with an emotionally charged examination of calculated brutality.

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

It looks, without ever averting its gaze, at the darkest of the dark.

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

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.

March 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The moving film may be arduous to watch, but brilliantly acting and painstaking accuracy make it a must-see.

March 6, 2013 Full Review Source: COED.com
COED.com

Profoundly moving, profoundly shocking, profoundly important.

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Ultimately, the film is memorable as much for simple testimony as for the cinematic art it displays.

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Schindler's List serves up three full hours of brilliant storytelling that's as humane and compassionate as it is gripping and provocative.

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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.

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

Accurate, heartbreaking masterpiece about the Holocaust.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

December 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
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Audience Reviews for Schindler's List

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.
January 22, 2014
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No film I have ever seen manages to convey stronger emotions than "Schindler's List".
October 8, 2012
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

A stunning piece of work and one of the most important films ever made. "Schindler's List" is powerful and disturbing; it gives an accurate look into the horrors of the Holocaust. Spielberg has an eye for cinema and his directing makes this film all the more powerful. He handles everything so well and you can tell how much this story meant to him personally.
August 2, 2012
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Eric Shankle

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    1. Oskar Schindler: I know you have received orders from our commandant, which he has received from his superiors, to dispose of the population of this camp. Now would be the time to do it. Here they are; they're all here. This is your opportunity. Or, you could leave, and return to your families as men instead of murderers. [the guards gradually exit; he addresses the workers again] In memory of the countless victims among your people, I ask us to observe three minutes of silence.
    – Submitted by Adam O (15 months ago)
    1. Oskar Schindler: The unconditional surrender of Germany has just been announced. At midnight tonight, the war is over. Tomorrow you'll begin the process of looking for survivors of your families. In most cases... you won't find them. After six long years of murder, victims are being mourned throughout the world. We've survived. Many of you have come up to me and thanked me. Thank yourselves. Thank your fearless Stern, and others among you who worried about you and faced death at every moment. I am a member of the Nazi Party. I'm a munitions manufacturer. I'm a profiteer of slave labor. I am... a criminal. At midnight, you'll be free and I'll be hunted. I shall remain with you until five minutes after midnight, after which time - and I hope you'll forgive me - I have to flee. [He addresses the factory's SS guards]
    – Submitted by Adam O (15 months ago)
    1. Amon Goeth: You're giving them hope. You shouldn't do that. *That's* cruel!
    – Submitted by Sayed A (16 months ago)
    1. Itzhak Stern: Herr Direktor, don't let the things fall apart. I worked too hard.
    – Submitted by Alex K (18 months ago)
    1. Oskar Schindler: Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.
    – Submitted by Alex K (18 months ago)
    1. Amon Goeth: Today is history. Today will be remembered.
    – Submitted by Alex K (18 months ago)
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