1917

critic Reviews

90% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score90%
  • Hard-hitting, immersive, and an impressive technical achievement, 1917 captures the trench warfare of World War I with raw, startling immediacy.
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    Lonita CookINKansas City Magazine
    With an almost supernatural attention to detail, Mendes fuses the viewer with a heroic adventure that's so grand the heart is gripped by every beat, every danger, every grief. This war epic is destined to be a global masterwork.
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    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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    Mark KermodeKermode & Mayo's Film Review
    The way in which the film is choreographed, the music is very important...the film actually stops, bringing everyone together in a quasi-religious silence...very moving and effective.
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    Ron WilkinsonIt's Just Movies
    One of the few films this year that succeeds in amplifying the impact of actual events using the power, or distortion, of the camera.
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    Benjamin GummeryBattle Royale With Cheese
    1917 is awe-inspiring at every turn and will be immortalised as the moment George Mackay and Dean Charles Chapman made it big on the silver screen.
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    Alistair HarknessScotsman
    Though the second half's somewhat theatrical transition into more mythic territory isn't quite as gripping, as the film pushes on towards its Gallipoli-like climax, the tension returns and Mendes pitches the ending just right...
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    Jamie EastThe Sun (UK)
    Considering the subject matter, I was left extremely impressed but not particularly moved.
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    Harry GuerinRTÉ (Ireland)
    Much has been made of Mendes' decision for the film to unfold as if it is one continuous shot, but that mastery of the medium never gets in the way of the human connection with two young men in a seemingly doomed situation.
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    Alison RowatThe Herald (Scotland)
    [T]he result is magnificent.
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    José MartínEl antepenúltimo mohicano
    [Sam Mendes'] most complex and ambitious work to date. [Full review in Spanish]
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