100

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
The most convincing war movie ever made.
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100

The A.V. Club

By Keith Phipps
At once a devastating condemnation of war and an exciting action film...The additional running time only adds to Petersen's masterfully bleak, claustrophobic atmosphere. Das Boot is by no means a pleasant experience, but it's an intelligent and emotionally gripping one that you won't forget. [Director's Cut]
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Takes all of the drama and suspense inherent in a submarine-based story and delivers it in a near-perfect package, establishing Das Boot as not just a terrific adrenaline rush, but one of the best movies ever made. [Director's Cut]
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100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
A great movie just got greater, thanks to this thorough restoration. [Director's Cut; 27 June 1997, p.D3]
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Wolfgang Petersen's direction is an exercise in pure craftsmanship. [Director's Cut]
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89

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
One of the most suspenseful films of all time, its wartime action setting makes it easy to forget it's also one of the most spiritually righteous. [Director's Cut]
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Sweaty and claustrophobic, exciting and horrifying at the same time, it never lets us forget we're riding aboard a giant, primitive tin can, a hunk of industrial machinery that mingles the illusion of omnipotence with the reality of a floating prison cell. [Director's Cut]
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80

TV Guide

Racing through the sub, squeezing through tiny openings, director Wolfgang Petersen's camera brilliantly evokes the claustrophobia and clamor of undersea battle.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
As torpedoes shoot through the seas and depth charges pass by, carrying their whining cargo of destruction, Das Boot brings the presence of death to within a whisper of the eardrum.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
A visually spectacular film, distinguished by strong performances and brilliant Steadicam photography that snakes through the U-boat as its patrols the North Atlantic during World War II. [Director's Cut]
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86 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.