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G.I. Jane

G.I. Jane (1997)

tomatometer

57

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3

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audience

53

liked it
Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 159,272

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Movie Info

Ridley Scott directed this flawed but involving study of Lt. Jordan O'Neil (Demi Moore), a Navy topographic analyst who is chosen as a test case for the presence of women in combat. Aware that she is making history and knowing that 60% of all male trainees will fail the rigorous training, Lt. O'Neil struggles to prove herself physically and mentally worthy of becoming a Navy SEAL. What she doesn't know is that she is being sold out by hardbitten Texas senator Lillian DeHaven (Anne Bancroft in an

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Drama, Action & Adventure

David Twohy, Danielle Alexandra

Aug 28, 2001

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A rabid piece of militaristic pulp with a crucial and commercially shrewd difference: The hero, the soft clay to be molded into a steely instrument of death, is a woman.

February 13, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

From 1997, a movie that explores whether a woman has the grit, the strength and the nerve to survive Navy SEAL training, with a bald Demi Moore sweating, swearing, smoking cigars and fighting in head-to-head combat to prove that she can.

May 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Unrealistic execution of an intriguing idea - a woman in the Navy SEALS. Moore is intimidating - and built! Viggo Mortensen gives an excellent early performance.

March 21, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

The problem isn't that Ridley Scott is the Leni Riefenstahl of the U.S. military industrial complex, but that the man has no politics at all . . .

February 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Gurus

Shows how zeal can be a spiritual dynamo bringing out the best that is in us.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Moore's typically prickly demeanor, often cited by her detractors as her biggest liability as an actress, actually works to her advantage here, as she unearths the voracious ambition in Jordan's soul.

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Scott oversells every shot.

June 21, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

A simplistic, succeed-against-the-odds fantasy in Simpson-Bruckheimer mode.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Rambo but with pretensions.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for G.I. Jane

Failure is not an option.

Good Movie! Demi Moore gave a good performance to a role that suited her really well. Viggo Mortensen was excellent as Master Chief. I found myself still liking his character after he beat the crap out of Demi Moore's in a training game gone wrong. That scene was brutal but very necessary. In this case, the social message was that equality in the military does not just mean that men and women get an equal share of the pie but also that they both get an equal share of the pain. This movie makes you think, but in a way where you don't even realize it. So many movies now shout their message loud and clear, but this one is more subtle about it, and you can watch as just another action movie about becoming a soldier, but you'll come out wiser or at least more prone to looking at sexism and feminism in a new way.

When a crusading chairperson of the military budget committee pressures the would be Navy secretary to begin full gender integration of the service, he offers the chance for a test case for a female trainee in the US Navy's elite SEAL/C.R.T. selection program. LT. Jordan O'Neill is given the assignment, but no one expects her to succeed in an inhumanly punishing regime that has a standard 60% dropout rate for men. However, O'Neill is determined to prove everyone wrong.
January 11, 2014
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Manu Gino

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Ridley Scott does a pretty good job at combining a women's lib tale about a woman breaking into the uber-male ranks of Navy Seals with a little soft porn (can you do that??? He did it already) as Demi Moore"s nipples star as a important supporting cast members, and are given lotsa screen time. Viggo Mortensen and Anne Bancroft also do well bringing this orchestrated serio-carnival to a nigh opus crescendo, but its still only a circus. Weeeee!
December 28, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

G.I Jane is an pretty interesting film to watch. Directed by Ridley Scott, G.I Jane tells the fictional story of the recruitment and training of the first woman Navy Seals. I don't understand why this film has gotten so many bad reviews. Granted it's not the best Ridley Scott film, but it's as hell ain't his worst. People seem to hate this film because it's a different type of film for Scott. Obviously the big thing surrounding the film is the fact that Demi Moore had to shave her head for the part. Though not a perfect film, this is still a pretty good one. Viggo Mortensen is obviously the best actor here. G.I. Jane is a very interesting look at the Navy Seals, though flawed due to Hollywood dramatization. The film does give you an idea of the hard as hell training of the elite Navy Seals. G.I. Jane is a very entertaining film with political overtones due to the fact that the story revolves around a senator trying to further her career by having Demi Moore fail the Seals selection course. Not perfect in any way, G.I Jane however is very entertaining and has some cool scenes of boot camp training. Obviously cliched, the Seals are portrayed as dumb Jarjheads, which is an aspect of the film that doesn't work, because most people in the military are very intelligent and are University graduates. Unfortunately with yet another film like this, the soldiers are seen as dumb sexists, which for the most part isn't true in the military. That would be my only beef with the film. Other than that, G.I Jane is a good film, though not excellent by any means, and definitely isn't Ridley Scott's best. However it's far from his worst. Expect from G.I. Jane an innacurrate but entertaining look at the Seals program, and you may not be disappointed. And as far as I'm concerned, after her dreadful film, Striptease, this is a far better film for Demi Moore, and actually this is her only good performance.
October 13, 2010
TheDudeLebowski65
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Awesome perfomance by Demi Moore.
December 1, 2009
ScoopOnline
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

    1. Master Chief John Urgayle: A bird will fall frozen, dead from a bough, before...ever...feeling...sorry for itself.
    – Submitted by Evan O (23 months ago)
    1. C.O. Salem: Did you just have a brain fart?
    – Submitted by Yossi G (2 years ago)
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