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The Jacket Reviews


Time Out
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June 24, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 5, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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The acting is uniformly excellent.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 17, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It just bounces Brody back and forth in time and yanks us around, and around, and around.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

March 7, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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The Jacket is doing nothing but sampling elements of Jacob's Ladder, The Silence of the Lambs and Memento.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 4, 2005
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 4, 2005
Scott Foundas
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 4, 2005
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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It suffers from a common thriller syndrome these days: the desire to explain away madness with logic.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 4, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A somber piece of intellectually challenging entertainment.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

March 4, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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A sci-fi fantasy with an unusual bit of gravity and style.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

March 4, 2005
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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

March 4, 2005
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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I enjoyed the electroshock ambience, and accepted the ride as a jumped-up sci-fi mystery.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 4, 2005
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 4, 2005
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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At times it seems like a daring mindbender. At other times, it just seems unintentionally absurd.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2005
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Apparently, there's a lot less to this picture than meets the eye.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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

March 4, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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An impressive application of mood and style can't really bring a skittering script into focus.

| Original Score: C+

March 4, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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There's a lot to think about. What's lacking here is something to care about.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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It's basically Mr. Brody's movie, and his performance is riveting.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

March 4, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

March 4, 2005
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Make no mistake, this movie is terribly silly, but it's not completely terrible.

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

March 3, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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I appreciate the way the story is developed, taking audiences into The Twilight Zone, but not leaving them stranded there.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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A complex puzzle cooked up by some admittedly smart people, but populated by characters too artificial to ever care about.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

March 3, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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A movie that seems intelligent until you catch on that it's all images and attitude without much underneath.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

March 3, 2005
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Makes little sense and much ado.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 3, 2005
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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While screenwriter Massy Tadjedin's derivative premise definitely taps into universal fears, director John Maybury ... lays it on a bit thick.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 3, 2005
Kevin M. Williams
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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A gruesome, pretentious and incompetent mess.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 3, 2005
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Too littered with loose ends and 'huh?' moments to work as the edgy sci-fi thriller-romance it wants to be.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: D

March 3, 2005
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

March 3, 2005
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

March 3, 2005
Dennis Lim
Village Voice
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The hero's condition, which goes unconnected to the amnesia of war, instead becomes an allegory for a filmmaker forgetting his roots.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 3, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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

February 24, 2005
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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The Jacket is not likely to be everyone's cup of tea, but filmmaker John Maybury has forged a mesmerizing mindblower.

January 25, 2005
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