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Apocalypse Now Redux Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 21, 2001
Packs every bit the wallop it did when it was new.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
August 17, 2001
The originally released version wasn't broken, but Coppola can fix it as long as he wants, as far as I'm concerned.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
August 17, 2001
Redux doesn't redefine Apocalypse Now -- rather, it adds archival material. But it's terrific to see the film back in theaters.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 10, 2001
This is the one where [Coppola] honors his vision -- or clears his name, whichever way you look at it.
| Original Score: 4/5
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August 10, 2001
The restored footage, nearly an hour of it, has at once bloated and diluted the work we've known and half-loved, undercutting its still-astonishing strengths while making its flaws leap out with unprecedented clarity.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
August 10, 2001
The new Redux version isn't a better film, but for Coppola fans and film lovers, it's essential viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
August 10, 2001
As fabulously, boldly impressionistic and intelligent as it was when it was released, in shorter form, 22 years ago.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 10, 2001
It is now a richer, fuller film, if still something short of the longed-for masterpiece.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 10, 2001
The movie has aged well.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 10, 2001
Longer or shorter, redux or not, Apocalypse Now is one of the central events of my life as a filmgoer.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 9, 2001
Taken as a whole, the new scenes serve to reprise that old question: 'Why are we in Vietnam?'
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 9, 2001
A restoration that transforms a flawed movie, one that was touched by greatness, into a masterpiece.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
August 9, 2001
The film now seems both mellowed and -- thanks in part to the most vibrant-looking prints in its 22-year history -- revitalized.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 9, 2001
Coming back decades later to it, Coppola has been able to reshape these extraordinary scenes with a wisdom and humility perhaps missing before.
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 3, 2001
A great movie, made even better.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
August 3, 2001
You won't see any film this year as beautiful, and plain thrilling as Apocalypse Now Redux.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 3, 2001
Apocalypse Now Redux is the meandering, indulgent art project that he was still enough of a craftsman, in 1979, to avoid.
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Allen Barra
Salon.com
August 2, 2001
Still a great visceral kick.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 2, 2001
One for the ages when it comes to the moral battles of war.
| Original Score: 5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 2, 2001
Grows richer and stranger with each viewing, and the restoration of scenes left in the cutting room two decades ago has only added to its sublimity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
August 2, 2001
The wealth of pure stuff here, as well as its new proximity to sociopolitical reality, makes Apocalypse Now Redux the best movie of the summer by far.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 1, 2001
Remains what it always was -- a phantasmagorical trip through the spookhouse followed by a descent so precipitous you can't believe it's really happening.