Box art for Schindler's List

Schindler's List

documentary, drama


Winner of 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List follows the true story of Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who saved more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    97%
  • Audience Score
    97%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Accurate, heartbreaking masterpiece about the Holocaust.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this brutal, emotionally devastating three-hour drama won several Oscars and has a powerful message about the human spirit -- but it pulls absolutely no punches when depicting the Holocaust. There are arbitrary murders and mass killings, Nazi commanders compare Jews to rats, children are killed, and there are scenes of shocking, grisly violence. There's also plenty of anti-Semitic language, smoking and drinking, and several scenes of nakedness. In two of them, a woman is naked from the waist up in bed and in sexual situations. But in the rest, nakedness is used to humiliate and harass Jewish residents of concentration camps.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about their reaction to the film's emotionally difficult material.
  • Do you believe the atrocities depicted here can happen again? Why or why not?
  • Discuss other ways in which individuals make a difference.
  • Families may want to watch additional DVDs produced by the Survivors of the Shoah Foundation designed to help kids understand and confront bias.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    97%
    reviews counted: 25
    see all Schindler's List reviews
  • Audience

    97%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: This is a beautifully crafted, hopeful movie.

- Colin Kennedy, Empire Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Accessible ... .

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Schindler's List is filmed in black and white, but the triumph of Neeson's portrait and Steven Zaillian's screenplay is that Oskar Schindler remains gray and enigmatic.

- Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer, Monday, May 6, 2013

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A stunning piece of work and one of the most important films ever made. "Schindler's List" is powerful and disturbing; it gives an accurate look into the horrors of the Holocaust. Spielberg has an eye for cinema and his directing makes this film all the more powerful. He handles everything so well and you can tell how much this story meant to him personally.

- edfilmreviews, Thursday, August 2, 2012

5 stars

A near flawless film with wonderful acting and fantastic writing. It is a beautiful, haunting portrayal of the Holocaust.

- fb100000293612769, Saturday, July 28, 2012

5 stars

"This movie sucks because it was made in the 90's and it's in black and white." SHUT UP! That was a qoute from a friend of mine and it's enough to show how ignorant he is. Schindler's list, in my opinion, is one of the greatest movies ever made. Back in the 80's and 90's, pretty much every movie Steven Spielberg made was great. (He's basically the 20th century Christopher Nolan.) This is a very moving movie with a plethora of emotion. It comes closer to displaying the horrors of the Holocaust than any other documentary has. Watching the events unfold in this movie is disturbing (at the least) and it can't be easily forgotten. The way this movie is directed and written is nothing short of perfect. The acting is phenomenal as well. Liam Neeson is one of my favorite actors (I've recovered from his performance in Star Wars episode 1.) and he does a fantastic job. Ben Kingsley I've never been a fan of, but I think he did a great job as the financier in the movie. But onto Ralph Fiennes. He is one of my favorite actors as well and his performance in this movie is amazing. His character and potrayal of the character actually scared me. He was very convincing in his role. Go see this movie; rent it, buy it, borrow it from your elderly aunt who lives alone with a bunch of cats and weird smelling furniture, whatever, you have to see this movie. It's amazing.

- fb100000716838411, Thursday, March 15, 2012