I saw "Saving Private Ryan" first (1998); Band of Brothers came later (2001). After watching "Saving Private Ryan" I thought the dream-team Spielberg/Hanks cannot be topped. No other war movie can match this or can go beyond. Actually, they are not topped and nothing goes beyond. However, "Band of Brothers" is by all means absolutely on the same level.
At first I felt quite uncomfortable when I saw David Schwimmer being so serious after watching "Friends". But later on it got pretty convincing. And all series was full of moments of truth. This "America is perfect" thing didn't even bother me so much like it's used to when watching other war oriented films. Good drama, good stories, convincing acting.
Probably the best thing I've ever watched on television. I wouldn't normally think of this as a "film" but I love it so much that I am adding it to all of my "best of" lists. I've watched the entire series countless times and have yet to tire of it. You come away feeling like you know the men of Easy Company, which makes the recreation of the entire campaign thru Europe so incredible. Can't rate this high enough.
Excellent. As Nicholas Sylvain so accurately assessed on DVD Verdict, "If the situations seem familiar, the sentiments worn, or the words clichéd, that is the fault of the viewer's jaded expectations." Pitch perfectly acted and directed, BoB is intensely human without neglecting the depravity of war and far superior to Saving Private Ryan. 4.5 stars
Spielberg and Hanks created possibly the greatest piece of film about WWII ever, outdoing their maudlin Saving Private Ryan. BoB is a realistic war series, but it has Spielberg's heart. It provides a nice balance between the (brilliantly-filmed) battle scenes and the camaraderie and friendship between the men. Even when the final episode veers close to Lifetime channel bullshit, BoB is nothing short of extraordinary.