Not counting his iconic themes for such blockbusters as Star Wars and Jaws, this might feature John Williams' best music score to date.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: A
Unflinching story of Vietnam vet turned activist.
| Original Score: 4/5
Cruise's impassioned performance as Kovic is an impressive accomplishment.
| Original Score: 3/4
Not the sort of movie you actually enjoy, but its thought-provoking subject matter and haunting images are not easily forgotten.
A great performance by Cruise
| Original Score: 3/5
Tom Cruise, who takes Kovic from clean-cut eager teen to impassioned long-haired activist, is stunning.
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.
| Original Score: B+
A compelling, elegiac film, particularly encouraging after the simplified morality of Platoon.
Stone does populist anti-war with a passion.
| Original Score: 5/5
Made when Oliver Stone still had cred and Cruise wasn't a laughing stock. A fine movie.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Born on the Fourth of July is...the most ambitious nondocumentary film yet made about the entire Vietnam experience.
| Original Score: 3.5
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Typical jingoistic Stone bullroar, but professional.
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.
| Original Score: B
Signaled Oliver Stone's transition from iconic commentator to tremulous anarchist.
| Original Score: 91/100
Sledgehammer Stone deals from a grotesquely stacked deck as usual
Hey...Cruise can act!
Tom Cruise proves he's more than a chiseled face in Stone's anti-war epic.