• R, 2 hr. 24 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Oliver Stone
    In Theaters:
    Dec 20, 1989 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 28, 1998
  • Universal Pictures

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Born on the Fourth of July Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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 Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 8, 2012
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

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 Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: A

July 4, 2012
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media

Unflinching story of Vietnam vet turned activist.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 2, 2011

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Cruise's impassioned performance as Kovic is an impressive accomplishment.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2008

Film4

Not the sort of movie you actually enjoy, but its thought-provoking subject matter and haunting images are not easily forgotten.

Full Review Source: Film4

December 21, 2008
Clint Morris
Moviehole

A great performance by Cruise

| Original Score: 3/5

September 5, 2008
Variety Staff
Variety
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Tom Cruise, who takes Kovic from clean-cut eager teen to impassioned long-haired activist, is stunning.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 6, 2008
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

February 13, 2008

Time Out
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A compelling, elegiac film, particularly encouraging after the simplified morality of Platoon.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Stone does populist anti-war with a passion.

| Original Score: 5/5

March 13, 2006
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat

Made when Oliver Stone still had cred and Cruise wasn't a laughing stock. A fine movie.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 28, 2005
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

| Original Score: 4/5

February 11, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

| Original Score: 3/5

November 19, 2004
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

| Original Score: 3/5

March 6, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 5/5

February 8, 2004
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com

| Original Score: 5/5

October 3, 2003
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 3/5

August 22, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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Born on the Fourth of July is...the most ambitious nondocumentary film yet made about the entire Vietnam experience.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5

May 20, 2003
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)

| Original Score: 4/5

May 3, 2003
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Typical jingoistic Stone bullroar, but professional.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 7, 2003
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