• R, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Francis Ford Coppola
    In Theaters:
    May 8, 1987 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 25, 2002
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Gardens of Stone Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Every moment is right, and yet the film as a whole is incomplete.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Variety Staff
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 11, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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A handsome but fragmentary film that can't decide which story to tell.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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There's a curious ambiguity in Coppola's feelings about the soldiers and their life.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

"sheer dreariness directed with fists of ham"

| Original Score: 1/5

July 29, 2002
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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The most important missing ingredient is Mr. Coppola.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 20, 2003
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

| Original Score: 1/5

May 19, 2005

Time Out
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There's a pervasive and worrying sense of the central issues being gently but undeniably fudged.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 31, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Subdued war drama on life on the home front during the Vietnam war.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

May 20, 2012
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2003
Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
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Francis Coppola's 1987 Vietnam meditation was his best film in a while, though it's still something less than satisfying.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Subtle and elegiac, Coppola's anti-Vietnam War meditation is one of the director's most misunderstood films.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

August 2, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

December 11, 2007
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