Born on the Fourth of July Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 8, 2012
Not counting his iconic themes for such blockbusters as Star Wars and Jaws, this might feature John Williams' best music score to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
July 4, 2012
An exceptional feature on every level of execution, also displaying a rare sensitivity to Stone that he would spend the rest of his career trying to bury in violence and experimentation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Unflinching story of Vietnam vet turned activist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 21, 2008
Cruise's impassioned performance as Kovic is an impressive accomplishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film4
December 21, 2008
Not the sort of movie you actually enjoy, but its thought-provoking subject matter and haunting images are not easily forgotten.
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 5, 2008
A great performance by Cruise
| Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
June 6, 2008
Tom Cruise, who takes Kovic from clean-cut eager teen to impassioned long-haired activist, is stunning.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 13, 2008
Though departing from the source material, Ron Kovic's stirring chronicle of his Vietnam experience, this film is a good companion piece to Oliver Stone's Oscar-winner Platoon, showcasing star Tom Cruise in one of his most dramatic performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
A compelling, elegiac film, particularly encouraging after the simplified morality of Platoon.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 13, 2006
Stone does populist anti-war with a passion.
| Original Score: 5/5
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
October 28, 2005
Made when Oliver Stone still had cred and Cruise wasn't a laughing stock. A fine movie.
| Original Score: 4/5
Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com
October 3, 2004
I'll give Stone credit for capturing the craziness of Kovic's life, but he fails to give a human face to his free fall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Born on the Fourth of July is...the most ambitious nondocumentary film yet made about the entire Vietnam experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 16, 2003
This is a sad case of a film with high and noble intentions that features great dramatic performances, but it ends up being a superficial epic, diluted, limited, and strangely unmoving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 7, 2003
Typical jingoistic Stone bullroar, but professional.
| Original Score: 3/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
A forceful and admirably heartfelt performance by Tom Cruise galvanizes this picture, which should be more powerful than it is considering the darkness and fullness of the emotions at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ed Gonzalez
Apollo Guide
October 17, 2002
Signaled Oliver Stone's transition from iconic commentator to tremulous anarchist.
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 26, 2002
Sledgehammer Stone deals from a grotesquely stacked deck as usual
| Original Score: 3/5
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
July 26, 2002
Hey...Cruise can act!
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
Tom Cruise proves he's more than a chiseled face in Stone's anti-war epic.
| Original Score: 4/5
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