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2.6
1,455 Ratings

American Sniper

Directed by Clint Eastwood
United States, 2014
Drama, Action, Biography

Synopsis

Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

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American Sniper Directed by Clint Eastwood

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Achievement in Sound Editing

2015 | 5 nominations including: Best Achievement in Film Editing

American Film Institute Awards

2015 | Winner: Movie of the Year

National Board of Review

2014 | 2 wins including: Best Director

BAFTA Awards

2015 | 2 nominations including: Best Adapted Screenplay

What are people saying?

  • J. O.'s rating of the film American Sniper

    A near-devastating portrayal of the life of a soldier, both in and out of combat. Haunting and patriotic, riding the line between glorifying and horrifying. It tries to dig a little deeper than most war films, rather than focus wholly on explosions and gunfire - but in the end its efforts and taut performances were overshadowed by internet losers crying "propaganda" (likely because a blogger told them to).

  • Ghostman's rating of the film American Sniper

    A far more complicated and complex film than most people will ever give it credit for. Misunderstood by both liberals and conservatives, neither the hero-worshiping right wing propaganda piece the left think it is nor the filmic monument to American imperialism, *cough cough*, patriotism that the right think it is. Instead it is a subtle deconstruction of the hero myth, showing his *heroism* driven by self-doubt and

  • Mathieu Verbeeck's rating of the film American Sniper

    American Sniper was brilliant, and cannot simply be reduced to pro-war propaganda and/or an anti-Iraqi sentiment. To me, this is Clint Eastwood's finest work so far and Bradley Cooper has never been better. I almost gave it 5 stars if it wasn't for the fake plastic baby (oh boy) ...

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film American Sniper

    ***1/2. I had the feeling to see Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker once again. With different weapons but the same men lost in a war too complicated for them. Once you begin to think, the war is over for you. Interesting but not essential.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film American Sniper

    Eastwood's filmmaking has become as dull, reactionary & conservative as his personal politics. His monotonous colour scheme of desert storm beige, archaic approach to coverage & generally unadventurous editing seem only to reinforce the idea that this is a "serious" film. The jingoism, bible thumping & tasteless celebration of a killer for Oscar-bait credibility stinks of the worst kind of propaganda. A hateful film.

  • Endless Eye's rating of the film American Sniper

    This movie was as fake as the baby in Cooper's arms. Although Cooper isn't himself bad in the film, and there are a few great scenes, all in all, this is an awful script, full of shallow character development, wholly predictable and unoriginal. Even though it claims to show the horrors of war, this film still deifies Kyle as a hero, depicts all Iraqis as bad guys, and overall leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

  • Dave's rating of the film American Sniper

    Yet again, I disagree with criticism about the portrayal of a certain group of people in a war film - it's a story told from the perspective of a combatant, and even then, a combatant that, while believing in the cause, struggles with his actions on a daily basis. Eastwood's direction is damn good, as is Cooper's performance. I didn't feel great coming out of the theater, but knew I just watched a very good film.

  • José Neves's rating of the film American Sniper

    Long regarded as "the last of the classic filmmakers", Eastwood has basically appended a crystallized language code to a concentrationary practice of genres. Rarely his cinema is more than an applied academicism and this film, one of his worst, is a clear example of that. Instead of a Human complexity - see Ford, for example - all we have is a simplistic ideology, and a repellent one, with a simplistic narration.