Every moment is right, and yet the film as a whole is incomplete.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
A handsome but fragmentary film that can't decide which story to tell.
There's a curious ambiguity in Coppola's feelings about the soldiers and their life.
"sheer dreariness directed with fists of ham"
| Original Score: 1/5
The most important missing ingredient is Mr. Coppola.
| Original Score: 2/5
There's a pervasive and worrying sense of the central issues being gently but undeniably fudged.
| Original Score: 3/5
Subdued war drama on life on the home front during the Vietnam war.
| Original Score: B
| Original Score: 4/5
Francis Coppola's 1987 Vietnam meditation was his best film in a while, though it's still something less than satisfying.
Subtle and elegiac, Coppola's anti-Vietnam War meditation is one of the director's most misunderstood films.
| 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