Apocalypse Now Reviews

Todd McCarthy
Variety
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February 23, 2012

Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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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
Dale Pollock
Variety
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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.'

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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February 9, 2006

...it's wonderful to see this hallucinatory folly-cum-near masterpiece again on the big screen.

Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005

Apocalypse Now did help provide me, and many of my generation, with a vision of what film art could achieve, a vision so magnificent it doomed us to spend much of our subsequent moviegoing lives in a funk.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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December 31, 2003

...Coppola's sprawling, harrowing war story is not to be missed.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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January 17, 2002

Apocalypse Now is a mixed bag, a product of excess and ambition, hatched in agony and redeemed by shards of brilliance.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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January 17, 2002

The opening, with the whirling sound of choppers intercut with Willard sweating angst in his Saigon hotel bed, a jungle burning with napalm...remains a visual and aural wonder.

Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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January 17, 2002

| Original Score: 4/4
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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January 17, 2002

| Original Score: 4/4
Allen Barra
Salon.com
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January 17, 2002

What the excitement was about was the unspoken belief that this film would put a cap on the most exciting decade in American film, that it would sum up everything that had come before and influence everything that came after...

Paul Tatara
CNN.com
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January 17, 2002

...the movie still has the power to floor you with its stunning sounds and imagery.

Vincent Canby
New York Times
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January 15, 2002

As technically complex and masterful as any war film I can remember.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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