Jarhead (2005)



Critic Consensus: This first person account of the first Gulf War scores with its performances and cinematography but lacks an emotional thrust.

Movie Info

"Jarhead" (the self-imposed moniker of the Marines) follows Swoff, a third-generation enlistee, from a sobering stint in boot camp to active duty, sporting a sniper's rifle and a hundred-pound rucksack on his back through Middle East deserts with no cover from intolerable heat or from Iraqi soldiers, always potentially just over the next horizon. Swoff and his fellow Marines sustain themselves with sardonic humanity and wicked comedy on blazing desert fields in a country they don't understand … More

Rating: R (for pervasive language, some violent images and strong sexual content)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: William Broyles, William Broyles Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 7, 2006
Box Office: $62.6M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


as Anthony Swofford

as Allen Troy

as Chris Kruge

as Lt. Col. Kazinski

as Staff Sgt. Sykes

as Maj. Lincoln

as Cortez

as Escobar

as Fowler

as Bored Gunny

as Branded Marine

as D.I. Fitch

as Poitier

as Mr. Swofford

as Swoff's Sister

as Mrs. Swofford

as Kristina

as Boy Swoff

as Paintball Marine

as Sergeant Major

as Julius

as STA Graudate

as STA Graudate

as Doc John

as Reporter

as Dettman's Neighbor

as Corporal Harrigan

as Bedouin

as Bedouin

as Bedouin

as Arguing Corporal

as Iraqi Officer

as Vietnam Vet

as Young Mr. Swofford

as Iraqi Officer
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Critic Reviews for Jarhead

All Critics (198) | Top Critics (46)

The film's strong suit is vagueness, presenting combat as a semi-surreal state of ignorant expectation and dislocated experience: these warriors loll in the desert awaiting action or trying to make sense of its consequences.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Slick military faux-criticism

Full Review… | September 1, 2009

For some it's an anti-war message, for others it's just a non-biased portrait of a man who never went to war despite being in the military during war time.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Sporadically entertaining, and ultimately pointless -- although that seems to be its agenda right from the start.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Dark Horizons

As a depressive riff on Generation X's first war...it's exceptionally well-crafted.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007

What little statement the film makes revolves around the absurdity of these men, trained to shoot with ultimate precision, and never given the chance to fire off a round.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

Audience Reviews for Jarhead

Entirely predictable first-person account of a marine's experiences around Desert Storm. Ambivalent and unengaging.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


Upon first viewing, 'Jarhead' is no more than a portrait of the psychological challenges of a boring war. Yet, after the credits role, this film settles into your stomach and mind and doesn't leave. Sam Mendes creates a beautifully terrifying atmosphere with amazing cinematography and a strong cast of actors, with Gyllenhaal, Foxx, and Sarsgaard showing true talent. This film is not a trigger-happy gun show, but instead a poignant portrayal of soldiers battling themselves instead of the enemy. It's refreshing to see a great filmmaker give a unique turn on the modern 'war' genre.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

i almost gor drafted last year so this is like a horror movie

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

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