A film about one of life's most primal experiences that's completely devoid of any sense of urgency.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
...as a memoir "Jarhead" is fantastic, as big budget Hollywood entertainment, the film is a failure.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jarhead can't shoot its way out of its own cliches.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Like the marines in this movie, we are forced to deal with the boredom as well as the excitement.
Slick military faux-criticism
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.
This is not a film that wrestles with itself to determine whether it's anti- or pro-war ... it doesn't even try.
Never comes close to expressing the insanity of war itself.
| Original Score: C+
Sporadically entertaining, and ultimately pointless -- although that seems to be its agenda right from the start.
A disappointing war movie with not one shot fired, no visible enemy, and soldiers standing around in the desert. More gay than "Capote."
Beautiful tedium is still tedium.
Sam Mendes' third feature has numerous arresting moments but never achieves a confident, consistent or sufficiently audacious tone.
Regardless of how lush and fully realized the imagery is, Jarhead as a movie is stuck permanently in basic training.
Do I quibble over details? Details are all the movie offers.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Basically, (director Sam) Mendes and (screenwriter William) Broyles paint too big a canvas and cannot adequately cover it all.
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.
Stylistically stunning and performed with conviction, 'Jarhead,' nonetheless, leaves the viewer emotionally unconnected.
The tag line for this film is 'Welcome to the suck.' Consider this your warning.
| Original Score: 2/5