"Sentimentality" is something that infects most of Spielbergs work. Saving Private Ryan was marred by it enough for me not to want to watch it a second time. And that's a shame, because when he concentrated on the actual mission of the movie, it was great. I count him a little slack with SL, because after all he had a dog in the fight. OTOH, SPR's jewish soldier subplot felt preachy, contrived and self serving. If you want Spielberg without the corn syrup lathered on, watch his early masterpiece Duel.