The Jacket Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 17, 2005
The acting is uniformly excellent.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 7, 2005
It just bounces Brody back and forth in time and yanks us around, and around, and around.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 4, 2005
The Jacket is doing nothing but sampling elements of Jacob's Ladder, The Silence of the Lambs and Memento.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 4, 2005
Here, Maybury is just arty for art's sake, filming entire scenes in close-ups so big that viewers leave the theater knowing way more than they ever wanted to about the lead actors' bridgework.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
March 4, 2005
Pic begins as a potentially intriguing study of the depersonalizing effects of warfare, only to end up a pastiche of time-travel and psycho-ward movie cliches.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 4, 2005
It suffers from a common thriller syndrome these days: the desire to explain away madness with logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 4, 2005
Maybury tricks everything up with a hyperkinetic directing style that relies heavily on constant flashes, trippy quick cuts, icily bleached-out colors and frequent, odd close-ups of everyone's dental work.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 4, 2005
A somber piece of intellectually challenging entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 4, 2005
A sci-fi fantasy with an unusual bit of gravity and style.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 4, 2005
The characters in the tepid sci-fi thriller The Jacket, starring Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley, are so flat and the dialogue so dull you expect it to be one of those movies whose existence is justified by a big final twist.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
March 4, 2005
I enjoyed the electroshock ambience, and accepted the ride as a jumped-up sci-fi mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 4, 2005
Even the viewer who finds the premise too far-fetched to accept may nonetheless come away impressed with the ambitiousness of the attempt and even be moved by the emotional effect of the film's well-staged concluding sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
March 4, 2005
At times it seems like a daring mindbender. At other times, it just seems unintentionally absurd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 4, 2005
Apparently, there's a lot less to this picture than meets the eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 4, 2005
If you can buy the entire psychic flying about and enjoy a bit of sick torture, The Jacket is a lot of fun -- fast, frightening and furiously intent.
| Original Score: B
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 4, 2005
An impressive application of mood and style can't really bring a skittering script into focus.
| Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 4, 2005
There's a lot to think about. What's lacking here is something to care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
March 4, 2005
It's basically Mr. Brody's movie, and his performance is riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 4, 2005
The movie, taking its cue from Jack's deep weariness and depression, trudges through its paces as if it were deep and meaningful, which I am afraid it is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 4, 2005
Too much light shines through the holes of the plot, the tone gets stuck on the B-movie level, and the underpinnings of romance and revenge are trite for all the fancy trimmings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
March 4, 2005
On the surface, the film comes off as fairly clever, but the more you examine the plot, the more flaws you'll see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
March 4, 2005
For a while, the moody atmosphere and trippy visuals add up to an unnerving experience.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 3, 2005
Make no mistake, this movie is terribly silly, but it's not completely terrible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 3, 2005
I appreciate the way the story is developed, taking audiences into The Twilight Zone, but not leaving them stranded there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 3, 2005
A complex puzzle cooked up by some admittedly smart people, but populated by characters too artificial to ever care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 3, 2005
A movie that seems intelligent until you catch on that it's all images and attitude without much underneath.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 3, 2005
Makes little sense and much ado.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
March 3, 2005
While screenwriter Massy Tadjedin's derivative premise definitely taps into universal fears, director John Maybury ... lays it on a bit thick.
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Kevin M. Williams
Chicago Tribune
March 3, 2005
What sounds formulaic is elevated by strong performances -- particularly from Brody -- interesting plot revelations and an approach that forces you to look into your soul, one of the scariest places for many of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 3, 2005
A gruesome, pretentious and incompetent mess.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 3, 2005
Too littered with loose ends and 'huh?' moments to work as the edgy sci-fi thriller-romance it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 3, 2005
Feels like it must be the 12th jolt-laden morbid thriller to open this year, yet it's the first that doesn't insult your intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 3, 2005
One can't help but wonder how American soldiers in Iraq would respond to seeing their inescapable reality used as fodder for an escapist thriller in which the real enemy is bad hospital management.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
March 3, 2005
The hero's condition, which goes unconnected to the amnesia of war, instead becomes an allegory for a filmmaker forgetting his roots.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 24, 2005
Straps you in for a head trip that promises hallucinatory wonders but delivers the same old Hollywood formula with sugar on top.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2005
The Jacket is not likely to be everyone's cup of tea, but filmmaker John Maybury has forged a mesmerizing mindblower.