1917

critic Reviews

89% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score89%
  • Hard-hitting, immersive, and an impressive technical achievement, 1917 captures the trench warfare of World War I with raw, startling immediacy.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    David SextonLondon Evening Standard
    The film is thrilling, moving on effectively from one shocking set piece to another, studding the narrative too with starry cameos.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    It's a tense, unnerving ride that accomplishes its goal of translating the first-person experience of war better than any war movies that have come before it. It's a level up.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Matthew RozsaSalon.com
    From the sole perspective of the filmmaking craft, "1917" is worth a watch.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    While Mendes didn't shrink from displaying the vivid imagination of a suburban horndog, he's unwilling to face the imagination of the valorous combatants of "1917."
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    1917's ambitious gambit soon becomes a double-edged sword: it brings us closer to these men, but sets them apart from the collective experiences it seeks to memorialise.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    If Mendes' film-making has sometimes felt to have not fully outgrown his beginnings in theatre, 1917 is wildly cinematic, a movie that makes you feel the breath of mortality on your neck.
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    Adam LubitowRochester City Newspaper
    As a formal exercise, it's impossible not to admire. But when it comes to that crucial emotional connection, it left me feeling stranded in no man's land.
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    Yasser MedinaCinemaficionados
    A cinematic experience that shakes my sensations at the time it moves me to the hell of a war that is constantly threatened by light and darkness. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Damond FudgeKCCI (Des Moines, IA)
    [1917 has] a rather simple plot for what turns out to be one of those rare films that can be truly worthy of the title Cinematic Experience.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Emmanuel NoisetteThe Movie Blog
    It's safe to say that 1917 is a phenomenal technical display of a captivating war-time drama. It's visually enthralling, and the film is sure to keep you engaged all the way through.
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