• R, 2 hr. 2 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Sam Mendes
    In Theaters:
    Nov 4, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 7, 2006
  • Universal Pictures
  • Jarhead
    2 minutes 8 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Jarhead Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Slick military faux-criticism

Full Review Source: CinePassion

September 1, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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 Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

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

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons

January 15, 2008
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

September 24, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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 Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2007
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

As time passes, waiting for orders becomes like waiting for Godot, an absurdist tragicomedy of frustration, madness and masculinity gone awry.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

July 10, 2007
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

A series of disjointed, shocking, and often unintentionally-humorous vignettes designed to celebrate boy-boy camaraderie while fomenting anti-Arab sentiments in the name of God, mom, and Apple Pie.

Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

May 31, 2007
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

The first 20 minutes of have masterpiece written all over them, unfortunately, that fire peters out quite constantly until the film comes to a near flat lining ending.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 2/4

April 23, 2007
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

As usual, when the US makes war against the rest of the world, it's the artist who steps up to the plate to expose the lies and senseless tragedy, not the faint of heart or soul politicians and media.

Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio

February 10, 2007
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review in Greek

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 3, 2006
Leslie Felperin
Sight and Sound

Jarhead is simultaneously audaciously original and so mired in the clichés it knowingly acknowledges, sends up and honours that it has little new to say.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

September 28, 2006
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today

Thanks to its poignancy and expert crafting, Jarhead could become a classic war drama -- one that speaks for a new era of soldier and worldliness.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

September 25, 2006
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

Swofford has said he doesn't mind the movie's alterations, but the real issue is how it dulls the intimacy and idiosyncrasy of his voice, which was the book's compass.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

May 12, 2006
Eric Meyerson
Filmcritic.com

if not a classic war film, at least a top-notch and engrossing imitation of one.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

March 6, 2006
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

It's another fine Gyllenhaal performance, but not really enough, because his suffering doesn't amount to a hill of Kuwaiti sand in the end.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

February 10, 2006
Ben Walters
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

All the absurdities of the human condition are compressed into experiences of war, or at least that's the impression we get through Jarhead, Sam Mendes' fascinating film based on a real memoir by a Jarhead.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

February 3, 2006

Jarhead takes a perverse pleasure in confounding your expectations of what a war movie should be.

Full Review Source: BBC | Original Score: 3/5

January 17, 2006
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus

All talk, very little action.

Full Review Source: FilmFocus | Original Score: 3/5

January 15, 2006
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

Stunning to look at and to listen to, with elegantly chosen pop songs unspooling on the soundtrack under each fresh new horror.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

January 14, 2006
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