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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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Bill GoodykoontzArizona Republic
    War is much on the minds of people right now, and "1917" is a good reminder, flaws and all, of what that really entails.
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    Moira MacDonaldSeattle Times
    MacKay and Chapman disappear into their roles, pulling us into the story.
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    Paul ChambersMovie Chambers
    A journey worth taking. Mendes keeps his film brilliantly paced throughout.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Jeff BeckThe Blu Spot
    Sam Mendes' 1917 is a remarkable technical achievement, utilizing brilliant direction, cinematography, editing, visual effects, production design, and sound design, to tell a spellbinding tale that easily ranks as one of the very best films of 2019.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Frank J. AvellaEdge Media Network
    1917 isn't just a nail-biting war movie, it's a vital and timeless account of heroism and a depiction of humanity at its most desperate yet hopeful. We need stories like this one, especially now.
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    Bob ChipmanEscapist Magazine
    'Arthouse World War I mood-piece as live-action videogame Let's Play' isn't exactly a populous subgenre; though one has to assume 'What if Ernest Hemmingway had made Hardcore Henry?' is a pitch that would raise at least a few eyebrows.
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