American Sniper

American Sniper

American Sniper

Based on the memoir of Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in American military history with 160 confirmed kills (largely undertaken during four tours of the Iraq War). Directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Bradley Cooper as the Navy SEAL and Sienna Miller as his wife Taya Renae Kyle.

At a young age, Texan-bred Chris was raised by his father to be a protector – a sheep dog among the sheep. Carrying that ideal to adulthood, Chris moves on from being a rodeo cowboy to life as a military sniper. Like many other Americans, he believes the war in Iraq is a simple matter of ‘good guys vs. bad guys’. But once deployed, the conflict proves to be more blurred than he anticipated, and as his ‘legendary killer’ reputation increases, so does the fragility of his state of mind. When his tour is over, the trauma stays with him, making life as a new father and husband all the more difficult.

American Sniper was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Lead Actor for Bradley Cooper.

Best Sound Editing, Academy Awards 2015
2014Rating: MA15+, Strong themes and violence133 minsUSA
ActionBiographyTrue Story & BiographyWar
Director:
Clint Eastwood ('Gran Torino', 'Million Dollar Baby', 'Unforgiven')
Writer:
Jason Dean Hall
Cast:
Bradley CooperSienna MillerJake McDormanKyle GallnerLuke GrimesSam Jaeger
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Just as “The Hurt Locker” found revelatory depths in Jeremy Renner, so American Sniper hinges on Cooper’s restrained yet deeply expressive lead performance.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

American Sniper is a superbly subtle critique made by an especially young 84-year-old.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Less a war movie than a western - the story of a lone gunslinger facing down his nemesis in a dusty, lawless place - it is blunt and effective, though also troubling.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Eastwood's gripping, incurious film gives the impression of having not so much been directed as dictated.

3.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Eastwood and Cooper keep finding respectful complexities in Kyle’s story, until the film reveals itself as too simple to have much use for them.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Eastwood's impeccably crafted action sequences so catch us up in the chaos of combat we are almost not aware that we're watching a film at all.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

American Sniper feels very much like a companion piece—in subject, theme and quality—to The Hurt Locker.

0

Again another film based on a true story that sacrifices building pace and tension for being purely just a biographical tale.

3.0
0

Another horrible attempt to justify the US war machine. Directed and financed by American multimillion dollar corporations.

1.0
0

This film neither glorifies war nor dramatizes the returning hero "victim" theme. It is a glimpse of all facets of the soldier's psyche including his home and seems an accurate portrayal of the full immersion into a hostile environment and the violent engagements that become commonplace. Sadly the nature of the topic will likely dictate how the movie is...

4.0
0

I'm disappointed by Eastwood. The film is too plain, without making any directing sparks. What's more, Cooper stealt the nomination from Jake.

3.0
0

A bad movie. Old white dudes don't get to make war movies any more imho.

1.0
0

Worse than Taken 3. Vintage Post 9/11 cinema. The sub-plot was absolutely terrible. American patriotism/Jingoism lameness. It should of just been a straight up war movie without the lame tropes, like the father telling his son there are three types of people: sheep, wolves and sheepdogs. The love story sub-plot was also so cheesy and bad.

1.0
0

Well acted but grim subject matter.

4.0
0

Clint Eastwood's American Sniper is an intense and disturbing war drama. Based on a true story. Born in Texas, fighting in the Iraq war, Chris Kyle is known as the deadliest sniper in U.S military history. Kyle saved countless lives of soldiers on the battlefield. Bradley Cooper is amazing as Chris Kyle, giving the best performance of his career. The...

4.0
0

I love a good war movie and this is a good war movie. Some reviews go on about this being about PTSD but that's a secondary background & minor theme underlying what is 90% war scenes. The PTSD part is handled well and Clint Eastwood is never going to over sentimentalise that part. It's action packed and gripping.

4.0
0

Great story but it was flag waving at it's best. The graphic about the end result was the most moving for me and the news footage at the end worked. Clint has done better.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Just as “The Hurt Locker” found revelatory depths in Jeremy Renner, so American Sniper hinges on Cooper’s restrained yet deeply expressive lead performance.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

American Sniper is a superbly subtle critique made by an especially young 84-year-old.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Less a war movie than a western - the story of a lone gunslinger facing down his nemesis in a dusty, lawless place - it is blunt and effective, though also troubling.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Eastwood's gripping, incurious film gives the impression of having not so much been directed as dictated.

3.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Eastwood and Cooper keep finding respectful complexities in Kyle’s story, until the film reveals itself as too simple to have much use for them.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Eastwood's impeccably crafted action sequences so catch us up in the chaos of combat we are almost not aware that we're watching a film at all.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

American Sniper feels very much like a companion piece—in subject, theme and quality—to The Hurt Locker.

0

Again another film based on a true story that sacrifices building pace and tension for being purely just a biographical tale.

3.0
0

Another horrible attempt to justify the US war machine. Directed and financed by American multimillion dollar corporations.

1.0
0

This film neither glorifies war nor dramatizes the returning hero "victim" theme. It is a glimpse of all facets of the soldier's psyche including his home and seems an accurate portrayal of the full immersion into a hostile environment and the violent engagements that become commonplace. Sadly the nature of the topic will likely dictate how the movie is...

4.0
0

I'm disappointed by Eastwood. The film is too plain, without making any directing sparks. What's more, Cooper stealt the nomination from Jake.

3.0
0

A bad movie. Old white dudes don't get to make war movies any more imho.

1.0
0

Worse than Taken 3. Vintage Post 9/11 cinema. The sub-plot was absolutely terrible. American patriotism/Jingoism lameness. It should of just been a straight up war movie without the lame tropes, like the father telling his son there are three types of people: sheep, wolves and sheepdogs. The love story sub-plot was also so cheesy and bad.

1.0
0

Well acted but grim subject matter.

4.0
0

Clint Eastwood's American Sniper is an intense and disturbing war drama. Based on a true story. Born in Texas, fighting in the Iraq war, Chris Kyle is known as the deadliest sniper in U.S military history. Kyle saved countless lives of soldiers on the battlefield. Bradley Cooper is amazing as Chris Kyle, giving the best performance of his career. The...

4.0
0

I love a good war movie and this is a good war movie. Some reviews go on about this being about PTSD but that's a secondary background & minor theme underlying what is 90% war scenes. The PTSD part is handled well and Clint Eastwood is never going to over sentimentalise that part. It's action packed and gripping.

4.0
0

Great story but it was flag waving at it's best. The graphic about the end result was the most moving for me and the news footage at the end worked. Clint has done better.

3.0
0