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Drama . Action . War

Drama set in 1942, during one of the most important battles of World War II, which stopped the progress of Nazi forces and turned the tide of war in favor of the Allies. The Soviet army mounts a counter-attack on the Nazi forces that occupy half of Stalingrad on the other side of the Volga, but the operation to cross the river is unsuccessful. A few soldiers who managed to get to the other side take refuge in a house on the bank of Volga. Here they find a girl who didn’t escape when the Germans came. While the whole might of the German army descends onto them, the heroes of Stalingrad experience love, loss, joy and the sense of ultimate freedom that can only be felt by those about to die. They defend the house at all costs while the Red Army prepares for another attack.

Actors: Mariya Smolnikova , Sergey Bondarchuk , Pyotr Fyodorov , Oleg Volku , Polina Raykina , Andrey Smolyakov , Maria Smolnikova , Heiner Lauterbach , Philippe Reinhardt , Yanina Studilina , Thomas Kretschmann
Directors: Fedor Bondarchuk
Country: RUSSIA
Release: 2013-10-10
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  • MauriceNL

    Unexpected nice movie. Was also nice to see a ww2 movie from the Russian perspective. I would definitly recommend this one if you like war movies. Great war scenes!!

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  • Mick LaSalle

    After a devastating opening, the movie gets sluggish here and there, but it remains interesting throughout, not just culturally, but as a piece of drama.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Deborah Young

    It is a strange cross-breed between an old-fashioned WWII epic full of genre cliches and a modern update whose meticulous historical recreation is frighteningly real.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Lush with feeling that could easily be mistaken for sentimentality, Stalingrad is more like a 19th-century novel than a 21st-century blockbuster. It's theatrical and intense, sometimes in an overbearing way, but it's never boring.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Stalingrad is a 3-D epic that's one-dimensional.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    It's a mixed bag overall — hence my star rating — but it's worth seeing nonetheless, largely because of the explicitly Russian qualities its sustains. Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    In detail and combat spectacle, Stalingrad is hard to beat. And whatever its failings, one can’t help but be curious about a story as connected to national identity as this one, a film that like today’s Russia, feels more Soviet than Russian.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Though plenty of road-tested war truths about sacrifice, honor, grit and intimacy get trotted out, "Stalingrad" is deep down a spectacle campaign forged in operatic violence and a siege of the senses, and on those terms it has its moments.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Hollywood does this too; truth be told, Russia’s high-tech whitewash goes down smooth like vodka.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Stephen Kelly

    A solid enough war flick, but Spielberg doesn’t have too much to worry about yet.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    If you're only going to see one film about the Battle of Stalingrad — and there are many — Stalingrad would be the wrong choice. Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk's treatment of the World War II turning point is shallow and contrived, if sometimes impressively staged.

    NPR Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Viewed as cinema, it’s an unstable and almost surrealist combination of Soviet-style war propaganda film, Zack Snyder-style action flick and sentimental fairy tale. Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    While the imagery in this retelling is impeccable, the story is strangely lifeless.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    As quickly as the technical elements pull the audience in, the plot pushes us away.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Overall, Stalingrad is a bizarre concoction, part Putin-era patriotic chest-thumping and part creaky war melodrama, all set in a superbly recreated ruined city.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    The film calms down a bit in its second half, leaving more room for Bondarchuk’s striking wartime tableaux, making occasional use of its native 3-D cinematography. (The movie, a massive success in Russia last year, will screen primarily in IMAX 3D venues in the U.S.)

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    It’s a brutal bit of screen poetry that’s matched too infrequently by the aching human stories director Fedor Bondarchuk is so anxious to tell.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Unfortunately, as in Bay’s “Pearl Harbor,’’ much of the sometimes draggy 2 1/4 hours is given to clichéd inspirational drama.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Nicolas Rapold

    The movie’s few spectacles — particularly the composite image of Russian soldiers aflame after a fuel depot explodes — seem to consume the creative energies of the filmmakers, with their palpable pride in staging patriotic deaths from the safe distance of history.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Bondarchuk mingles the you-are-there grittiness of close-quarters combat and constant assaults from above and below with war-movie clichés that haven’t been updated since before the real Battle Of Stalingrad. It’s history written with airbrush.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    The macho showmanship of director Fyodor Bondarchuk, wedded to such a facile script, turns this undeniably impressive megaproduction into a behemoth you mainly want to cower from.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    When the best one can say about a movie is that it’s pyrotechnically impressive, something important is missing. In this case it’s tension, originality and memorable characters.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Drew Hunt

    Its blind reverence toward the Russian mythos is so grandiose that it becomes impossible to rescue it from self-importance, and as such President Putin would likely give it two big thumbs up.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Jay Weissberg

    Assaults are filmed in ubiquitous slow-mo to better register the way bodies are thrown into the air. It’s all rather confusing, actually, since the monochromatic tonalities and weak script, lacking in any comprehensible battle strategy, tend to meld the two sides together.

    Variety Full Review
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