The Deer Hunter Reviews

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
March 2, 2015
It has no more moral intelligence than the Clint Eastwood action pictures, yet it's an astonishing piece of work, an uneasy mixture of violent pulp and grandiosity, with an enraptured view of common life -- poetry of the commonplace.
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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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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
February 6, 2013
Is it as good as its advance word and nine Academy Award nominations suggest? Yes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Frank Rich
TIME Magazine
February 20, 2009
This excruciatingly violent, three-hour Viet Nam saga demolishes the moral and ideological cliches of an era: it shoves the audience into hell and leaves it stranded without a map.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Its feelings for time, place and blue-collar people are genuine, and its vision is that of an original, major new film maker.