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
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
February 11, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
March 6, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
October 3, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)
May 3, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 7, 2003
Typical jingoistic Stone bullroar, but professional.
| Original Score: 3/5
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