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Jarhead Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 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.
Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
As a depressive riff on Generation X's first war...it's exceptionally well-crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 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 | Original Score: 3/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 10, 2007
As time passes, waiting for orders becomes like waiting for Godot, an absurdist tragicomedy of frustration, madness and masculinity gone awry.
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
May 31, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
February 10, 2007
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.
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today
September 25, 2006
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
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/5

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
Eric Meyerson
March 6, 2006
if not a classic war film, at least a top-notch and engrossing imitation of one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Ben Walters
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 3, 2006
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.
Paul Arendt
January 17, 2006
Jarhead takes a perverse pleasure in confounding your expectations of what a war movie should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Utichi
January 15, 2006
All talk, very little action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
January 14, 2006
Stunning to look at and to listen to, with elegantly chosen pop songs unspooling on the soundtrack under each fresh new horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
January 13, 2006
Gripping, intelligent and amazing to look at, here, at last, is a combat film that's not to be missed -- even if there's no combat in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
January 12, 2006
Gyllenhaal effortlessly carries the film, making an engaging lead, even if his character's lust for the pink mist is a little disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 6, 2006
Perigosamente dúbio do ponto de vista ideológico. Se viesse com bula, este filme deveria trazer o aviso 'Deve ser mantido fora do alcance de crianças e de pessoas imaturas'.
| Original Score: 4/5
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
December 30, 2005
A good movie, but definitely not for everyone, as much like the marines starring in this show, most of your time watching the film is spent waiting for "something" to happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
December 12, 2005
Jarhead gives voice to the humor and horror of military service during wartime, the things that those who served will not and cannot convey to civilians.
Full Review | Original Score: B

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012

Baltimore Sun
December 6, 2005
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