100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A watershed picture, for both Spielberg and war movies.
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100

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Steven Spielberg's best war film -- and one of the two or three best movies the director has made.
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100

San Francisco Examiner

By G. Allen Johnson
The effect is riveting and frightening. You feel you are under siege with the combatants.
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100

New York Post

A film of such cyclonic visual and emotional power, of such dazzling virtuosity and shattering humanity, that it is difficult to endure, yet alone describe. Savagely beautiful and savagely true, Saving Private Ryan is an excruciating masterpiece.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
An overwhelming experience.
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100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The rawest, most sustained screen portrayal of 20th century combat.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A movie of staggering virtuosity and raw lyric power, a masterpiece of terror, chaos, blood, and courage.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This film embodies ideas. After the immediate experience begins to fade, the implications remain and grow.
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
For those who are willing to brave the movie's shocking and unforgettable images, Saving Private Ryan offers a singular motion picture experience.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The story raises hard moral questions relating to the relative value of human lives and the overwhelming debt that may be felt by those who benefit when others sacrifice. But the movie falls short of excellence because it doesn't so much explore these issues as finesse them in an action-filled climax.
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90 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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