Subdued war drama on life on the home front during the Vietnam war.
| Original Score: B
Unjustly underrated upon its release, Gardens of Stone is a quiet, respectful film filled with emotional power, exceptional acting (especially by Caan), and technical virtuosity.
| Original Score: 3/4
Subtle and elegiac, Coppola's anti-Vietnam War meditation is one of the director's most misunderstood films.
| Original Score: B+
| Original Score: 4/5
| Original Score: 3/5
Francis Coppola's 1987 Vietnam meditation was his best film in a while, though it's still something less than satisfying.
Seems to take its name not so much from the Arlington Memorial Cemetery, where much of the action takes place, but from the stiffness of the characters it portrays.
There's a pervasive and worrying sense of the central issues being gently but undeniably fudged.
| Original Score: 1/5
The most important missing ingredient is Mr. Coppola.
| Original Score: 2/5
"sheer dreariness directed with fists of ham"
Every moment is right, and yet the film as a whole is incomplete.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
There's a curious ambiguity in Coppola's feelings about the soldiers and their life.
A handsome but fragmentary film that can't decide which story to tell.