• 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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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Stone has created a film whose overblown parts add up to far less than the epic whole he had in mind.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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 Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 2/5

March 16, 2003
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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This is an impassioned movie, made with conviction and evangelical verve. It's also hysterical and overbearing and alienating.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com

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 Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 3, 2004
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

September 12, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Nothing Cruise has done will prepare you for what he does in Born on the Fourth of July.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 20, 1989
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com

| Original Score: 5/5

October 3, 2003
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Tom Cruise proves he's more than a chiseled face in Stone's anti-war epic.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2002
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury

Hey...Cruise can act!

| Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2002
Clint Morris
Moviehole

A great performance by Cruise

| Original Score: 3/5

September 5, 2008
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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Stone does populist anti-war with a passion.

| Original Score: 5/5

March 13, 2006
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 4/5

August 15, 2002
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

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 Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: B

January 10, 2003
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

| Original Score: 4/5

October 11, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Oliver Stone (Best Director Oscar) directs this film about individuals whose traditional patriotism is ambushed by the Vietnam War and reborn in political protest.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

January 15, 2002
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

| Original Score: 3/5

November 19, 2004
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