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Johnny Got His Gun Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 21, 2010
Problems aside, there's a cumulative power to the material and an idea that's impossible to ignore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
January 12, 2010
[Trumbo's] filmmaking is frugal -- jump-cuts state the passage of time, a languid fade to yellow signifies solar warmth.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 12, 2010
Trumbo, directing his first film, drives home his points in a somewhat obvious, often awkward fashion that is overly talky, but so disquieting is his story and the reality underlying it that it is difficult not to be moved by the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com
May 6, 2009
Sadly, time has not made this story any less relevant or potent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 19, 2009
Dalton Trumbo (member of the Hollywood Ten) sole directing effort is one of the most hauntingly powerful anti-war film made, an experimental work that's effective as realistic portrait of war's damages as well as metaphoric, quasi-religious journey.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 4, 2009
strong historical and literate adaptation of a truly remarkable anti-war classic
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com
March 28, 2009
a sobering, grueling look at us
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
November 9, 2008
The primal power of the story -- a young man trying to find some sense in what's happened to him -- prevails.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 19, 2008
Ainda que contenha algumas seqüências memoráveis e angustie pela situação de seu protagonista, este único trabalho deTrumbo na direção é óbvio tanto em sua mensagem anti-belicista quanto em sua abordagem fantasiosa.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
The film is often sentimental, sometimes brilliant as well as horrifying, and it is intriguing to speculate on what Buñuel, whom Trumbo originally wanted to direct, would have made of it.
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Roger Greenspun
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Although Mr. Trumbo is primarily a screenwriter, screenwriting is only the worst of the film's several failures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Instead of belaboring ironic points about the "war to end war," Trumbo remains stubbornly on the human level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Film4
May 24, 2003
Trumbo successfully turns Johnny into the living embodiment of the horror and futility of war -- but also of the unquenchable resilience of the human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
March 6, 2003
A heartbreaking anti-war allegory that's a bit slow, yet stills commands your attention. Donald Sutherland as a hippie Jesus is a bit too much, though.
| Original Score: 3/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 1, 2000
This grim soldier's tale has some bad acting and some overextended melodrama, but eventually it hits its stride and becomes a gripping drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 4, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 25, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 4, 1971
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 4, 1971
| Original Score: 1/4
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