Apocalypse Now Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 11, 2001
There are worse ways to make movies, but there are a lot of better ones too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrew Johnson
Movie Mezzanine
February 1, 2014
The word "apocalypse" derives from the Greek for "revelation," so in effect the title of Coppola's masterpiece is a call for us to wake up and stop lying to ourselves about who we are and what we did and what we still have the power to do.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
January 2, 2013
With a famously horrific and documentary inspiring shoot it's almost unfathomable how Francis Ford Coppolla managed to harness the chaotic energy into one of the most potent examinations of war and masculinity to ever grace celluloid.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Disturbing tale of war horrors isn't for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph
May 26, 2011
It is mystical, daring, poetic, thrilling, appalling and never less than utterly mesmerising.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jason Zingale
January 1, 1979
Apocalypse Now delivers one of the best character studies in the history of the medium.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
May 28, 2011
A must-see, preferably in the cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The film has one of the most haunting endings in cinema, a poetic evocation of what Kurtz has discovered, and what we hope not to discover for ourselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
May 26, 2011
Coppola delivered a harrowing masterwork that bursts with malarial, mystical images...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 18, 2006
His film is timeless because although the setting may change, the wars and the plight of soldiers will remain the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
It's a remarkable work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
January 17, 2002
...no matter what you may think of Brando's eccentric interpretation of the demented Kurtz, you can't take your eyes off him.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
January 4, 2012
Perhaps Francis Ford Coppola's greatest directorial achievement, Apocalypse Now is a visually stunning war film that has no equal, with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro capturing the films Philippine location to great effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Anton Bitel
Scene 360
July 2, 2013
reveals the horror of necessary madness.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
November 24, 2001
The score is wonderous, the production design solid and never overdone, and the cinematography is just wow....when it comes to a movie about war this is a real masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
May 25, 2011
A film of pure sensation, dazzling audiences with light and noise, laying bare the stark horror - and unimaginable thrill - of combat.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
April 2, 2005
Coppola's magnum opus remains one of the singular reasons filmmaking was invented.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rob Gonsalves
July 13, 2009
There is greatness in Apocalypse Now, but there is also madness, and they feed off each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dale Pollock
July 2, 2007
Alternately a brilliant and bizarre film, Francis Coppola's four year 'work in progress' offers the definitive validation to the old saw, 'war is hell.'
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 11, 2001
A loony, foolhardy, giant-sized masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
October 9, 2001
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Todd McCarthy
February 23, 2012

Irish Times
November 30, 2001

Film Comment Magazine
August 21, 2004
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