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Schindler's List

Oskar Schindler is 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 dependable unpaid ... [+]
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United StatesUnited States M
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
"'Schindler's List' is a film whose meanings are to be found less in its uplifting outline than in its harrowing flow of images -- images of fear, hope, horror, compassion, degradation, chaos, and death"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Janet Maslin
The New York Times
"Rising brilliantly to the challenge of this material and displaying an electrifying creative intelligence, Mr. Spielberg has made sure that neither he nor the Holocaust will ever be thought of in the same way again"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Roger Ebert
"What is most amazing about this film is how completely Spielberg serves his story. The movie is brilliantly acted, written, directed and seen (...) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"Schindler's List, despite blatant compromises, is a rending historical document" POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Ian Nathan
"Heartbreaking retelling of one man's affront to the Nazis (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Todd McCarthy
"A remarkable work by any standard (...) evinces an artistic rigor and unsentimental intelligence unlike anything the world’s most successful filmmaker has demonstrated before."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
"Spielberg gives us Schindler's story with such conviction and urgency, such overwhelming visual sweep and force, that he keeps us virtually mesmerized for three hours."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Adam Mars-Jones
The Independent
"'Schindler's List' is three partial films in one, a harrowing pseudo-documentary, an effective melodrama, and an embarrassing piece of kitsch movie- making"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
"The film’s long middle section, which describes the working of the death camps, is concrete and utterly terrifying, certainly the most intense and uncompromising depiction of the Nazi horror ever to appear in a fiction film."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Derek Malcolm
The Guardian
"Ultimately, the film is memorable as much for simple testimony as for the cinematic art it displays."  POS
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