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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    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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    Brian GillMad About Movies Podcast
    An overwhelming accomplishment in filmmaking, 1917 might be more "experience" than "film" but oh, what an experience it is nonetheless.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Isaac FeldbergFortune
    It's hard to be immersive when you're constantly calling attention to yourself, and it's impossible when your camera is more the protagonist of your film than your characters.
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    Bob GrimmReno News and Review
    An experiment that worked.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Sr. Rose PacatteSister Rose at the Movies
    As a whole, the film fails cinematically even if some scenes are effective.
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