• 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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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

A film about one of life's most primal experiences that's completely devoid of any sense of urgency.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 3, 2005
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

...as a memoir "Jarhead" is fantastic, as big budget Hollywood entertainment, the film is a failure.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 6, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Jarhead can't shoot its way out of its own cliches.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

November 4, 2005
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

The result is much like the movie itself, as well-trained men perform an exercise that is noble in purpose but, ultimately, devoid of larger meaning.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 8, 2005
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Like the marines in this movie, we are forced to deal with the boredom as well as the excitement.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 10, 2005
Fernando F. Croce

Slick military faux-criticism

Full Review Source: CinePassion

September 1, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The filmmakers clearly wanted to avoid the politics surrounding the first Gulf War even as they pay tribute to the Marines, the jarheads, who went to Saudi Arabia to fight. But the result is a movie rife with ambivalence.

October 28, 2005
Chris Barsanti

This is not a film that wrestles with itself to determine whether it's anti- or pro-war ... it doesn't even try.

Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 3, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Never comes close to expressing the insanity of war itself.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C+

November 3, 2005
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
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian

A disappointing war movie with not one shot fired, no visible enemy, and soldiers standing around in the desert. More gay than "Capote."

Full Review

November 3, 2005
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Beautiful tedium is still tedium.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: C+

November 3, 2005
Todd McCarthy
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Sam Mendes' third feature has numerous arresting moments but never achieves a confident, consistent or sufficiently audacious tone.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 31, 2005
Brian Orndorf

Regardless of how lush and fully realized the imagery is, Jarhead as a movie is stuck permanently in basic training.

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: C+

November 3, 2005
Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Do I quibble over details? Details are all the movie offers.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

November 4, 2005
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
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Basically, (director Sam) Mendes and (screenwriter William) Broyles paint too big a canvas and cannot adequately cover it all.

Full Review

November 9, 2005
Erik Childress

Jarhead is like the prologue of Heaven's Gate; a long and unnecessary setup to the real meat of the story which is Three Kings.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 3, 2005
Arthur Lazere

Stylistically stunning and performed with conviction, 'Jarhead,' nonetheless, leaves the viewer emotionally unconnected.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

November 3, 2005
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

The tag line for this film is 'Welcome to the suck.' Consider this your warning.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2/5

November 4, 2005

Baltimore Sun
December 6, 2005

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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