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The Deer Hunter Reviews

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Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2006
A disgusting account of what the evil Vietnamese did to poor, innocent Americans stands at the center of this Oscar-laden weepie about macho buddies from a small industrial town.
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
November 22, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
May 28, 2003
Quite possibly the most overrated movie ever.
| Original Score: 2/5
Mark Athitakis
Filmcritic.com
April 4, 2004
A hollow movie that only play-acted at meaning; the sucker was us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 18, 2015
In trying to measure the devastating impact of Vietnam on the lives of three American soldiers, Cimino brings home the true horror of that senseless conflict in a way that the 6 O'Clock News never could.
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Chris Auty
Time Out
January 26, 2006
This is probably one of the few great films of the Seventies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
January 16, 2014
Robert De Niro is, once again, explosive in this stunning Vietnam movie.
Juliet Buchan
The Skinny
July 31, 2014
Impressively, Cimino manages to fluctuate involvingly between cynicism and compassion in what feels like a three hour cinematic ache.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Huckerby
Electric Sheep
August 1, 2014
A powerful film made with impressive style, and one of the key films of the decade.
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
March 2, 2015
The movie won five Oscars and, if anything, improves with age.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
It is a heartbreakingly effective fictional machine that evokes the agony of the Vietnam time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 9, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
January 16, 2014
This multi-Oscar winner from Michael Cimino remains one of the finest and most controversial movies about the Vietnam War.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 8, 2007
Like an honorable soldier, Cazale gave everything he had for a cause in which he believed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
A brilliant war movie with stunning performances.
| Original Score: 5/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
June 13, 2007
Gauging the shifting moods of the 1970s, this tale of life and love disrupted by war is as arresting as a bullet to the brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
August 3, 2008
The first half and second half of the film couldn't be more different but that is the genius behind the film.
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
February 20, 2008
The film is ambitious and it succeeds on a number of levels and it proves that Cimino is an important director who deserves to be watched carefully.
Rebecca Murray
About.com
October 10, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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