• 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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April 18, 2014
Cruise gave everything in this movie, and not for the money. We should be grateful for that. The more I watch it, the more I like it.
October 29, 2007
An interesting premise that overstays its welcome.
Matt H.
March 5, 2014
This is one of those movies that disguises itself as a riveting drama with a complex message and well-though out scenes. But in fact, this movie falls short of this idea. The movie doesn't have a lot of the elements you would think it would, and the overall feel of the movie is depressing. It as if the rug got pulled from under it, but there was nothing there in the first place.
Cupcake Angel
September 7, 2013
Underrated. :/
An unflinching, compelling story of Vietnam vet turned activist. Cruise anchors the elegiac film with simplicity and strength and showcases his talent through his heartfelt performance. His character truly breathes life. This film is a good companion piece to Oliver Stone's simplified morality Oscar-winner Platoon
Cruise galvanises the film which deals with thought-provoking subject matter, which should be more powerful than it is considering the darkness and fullness of the emotions at its center.
"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."
December 14, 2007
Hands down, Tom Cruise's finest performance of his career. This is a near-perfect story, and I have to hand it to Oliver Stone and Tom Cruise for putting Ron Kovic's story on film in such a way that it's not a caricature, but a reflection of an actual human being. The only problem with the story is that it reserves the hatred of the Vietnam War for President Nixon; that President Johnson's role in the war is never mentioned smacks of a political agenda. Nevertheless, this is a movie for anyone who has a strong opinion about war, regardless of whether or not that person supports militarization or pacifism.
November 28, 2013
After Top Gun, studios from across Hollywood were looking to cast Tom Cruise in their next big pick. But when Oliver Stone picked Tom Cruise for this film, it was actually a fine choice. The acting in this film is very good, and some of the film's most dramatic scenes certainly know how to capture the moment, especially since this is in a historical context. The story, based on the life of Ron Kovic, tells the story of a man who was seduced by the lies told by the Marines, only to see the truth of his actions in the worst way possible, leaving him to fight against the deception of the Nixon government. The plot is told very well, and the drama really comes out. This is the mark of a great film. If you can handle the length, then you'll want to see for yourself Oliver Stone's triumph of film-making.
November 23, 2013
Tom Cruise's breathtaking performance helps this biopic overcome some occasionally questionable writing
Alec B

Super Reviewer

November 5, 2013
The ending feels rushed and unearned, which is a shame because the rest of the movie is a sad, slow examination of the collapse of patriotic idealism. Stone probably sees a piece of himself in Ron Kovic, which is why a lot of the beginning feels so personal. I'm the first to admit Cruise's weaknesses as an actor, but this is a unusually strong performance from him.
rocknblues81
July 1, 2010
Very solid film. We get a look into the story of Ron Korvic who was a small town guy going to war for his beliefs (or maybe his mom's). The film is emotional and features and outstanding performance from Cruise. Possibly a top 3 performance of his long career. He sells us on a man that has to come to grips with his actions and beliefs that has also lost the use of most of his body in Vietnam.

On the negative side it is overly long, and sometimes you get bothered by Oliver Stone's heavy handed way of filming. The battle scenes are solid, but nothing earth shattering and I think this film would have been a lot better had some subtlety been at work. Tom's work clashes with the heavy handed tone at times because a lot of his performance feels earnest and you can tell he put a lot of effort into portraying the real Ron Kovic.

I understand it's probably a personal film, and at a lot of points the forceful anger is acceptable. But nearing the end of the movie it starts to unravel and become too much. It only sounds like one big complaint, but that's been some of the issue with Stone's character.

But at the end of the day, if you want an emotional non trivial war drama this is a film watching at least once. Sadly that's not the kind of movie most people prefer these days.
October 12, 2013
Only Cruise's performance makes this remotely watchable.
Nukleopatra
October 11, 2013
One of the more overrated films from the 1980s.
October 5, 2013
I really liked this film. Everyone should see this film, very powerful. Tom Cruise is great and a lot of powerful scenes in this movie. Highly recommend. This movie should have more stars than 7.1 on Idmb this is a really good movie.
September 3, 2013
Seemed a little contrite to me... and too over acted by mr cruise.
September 2, 2013
At times, it feels chaotic, but Tom Cruise gives one of the best performances of a lifetime as Ron Kovic, a paralyzed Vietnam war veteran and an anti-war activist.
August 28, 2013
Arguably one of Tom Cruise's best performances.
October 15, 2007
i hated this movie so much. oliver stone blows
August 8, 2013
Each great war movie was tackle a specific, different aspect of the war (The Deer Hunter-Emotional/Psychological, Apocalypse Now-Morality), and that's exactly what Born on the Fourth of July does. It tackles a new aspect that no other movie had brought up before which is verbal and physical abuse both in and after the war. Although Oliver Stone emphasizes his point throughout the entire movie, Born on the Fourth of July is still a very powerful movie.
August 5, 2013
Saw this when I was 5 years old and for the longest time could only remember the burger with a hole cut in the middle of the patty that could be stuffed with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, ketchup, mustard and the secret sauce. I remember thinking, well wouldn't all the flavor be in the middle. Overall I feel the story lacked depth and did not build up enough for me to feel truly sorry for the character's misfortune (Million Dollar Baby Style) or its aftermath. Brilliant performance by a young Cruise !
August 3, 2013
Born on Fourth of July is another clever installment about the Vietnam War from Oliver Stone. However, this movie focuses more on America itself than Vietnam through the eyes of paralyzed veteran Ron Krovic. Krovic gets a great portrayal by Tom Cruise who well deserved an Oscar nomination. While an interesting story no doubt, it still at times got a little boring and uninteresting. Still, despite its flaws, it is another classic from Oliver Stone and is a movie a lot should consider.
March 11, 2009
durísima, y la actuación de Cruise es brillante, me arrepiento de no haberla visto antes, creo que es la mejor pelicula antibélica que he visto
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