Critic Review - TIME Magazine

One Flew over the Cuckoo 's Nest is an earnest attempt to make a serious film. But in the end the movie backs away from both the human reality and the cloudy but potent symbolism that Ken Kesey found in the asylum.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (46)
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X Y.


You're gay

Jul 4 - 10:31 PM

Clay W.

Clay Westing

touche that

Jul 15 - 11:47 PM

Alex A

Alex A

Don't talk about your dad like that.

Sep 20 - 05:41 AM

Stop Staring At My Name

Jack Dabronzke

If the movie was supposed to be in an insane asylum, I would guess that whatever goes on there really goes on, that is what Ken Kesey experienced. He put it in a story-style and make it into a book...the book was made in a movie. It was based on what goes on when one goes "completely crazy" they have removed part of the brain in real asylums! Sure it is barbaric, but this is just part of the emotional conflict in the story! And if you can't accept that, you can't accept the brutal reality we call life!

Aug 21 - 05:54 PM


Peter Gallo

Hold on a second. So you give Taxi Driver its first rotten review and now i find out you didn't like this film. Maybe you just dislike this film (and Taxi Driver) because its so well praised because you gave a bad review to two of the greatest films of all time.

Oct 10 - 11:54 AM



This dummy gave a bad review to Taxi Driver too! What's wrong with this guy?

Dec 18 - 06:48 PM

Michael Long

Michael Long

Dude, he gave CASABLANCA a bad review.

Aug 27 - 12:12 AM

Connor Hawkins

Connor Hawkins

This guy should be fired!

Sep 13 - 10:30 AM

Casey Oldham

Casey Oldham

Or maybe he just doesn't like either of them. I know it seems ludicrous but some people have different opinions then you.

Jan 29 - 05:25 PM

Lily C.

Lily Chamberlain

I must say: I'm shocked. Really... I'm 13 (I watched this when I was 12) and I think 'Cuckoo's Nest' is wonderful. I can't believe that anyone could not be moved by the ending, let alone a (supposedly) reputable critic such as yourself. The tension between Nicholson and Fletcher, McMurphy and Ratchet, is fabulously acted out, and the strange and ultimately heart-breaking love between the patients very well done. I'm sorry, but I think your review is about as far off as it possibly could be, and I won't trust your judgement of films in the future.

Oct 16 - 01:56 PM

John Arthur Beaman

john b

Lily, I don't believe for a second you're thirteen.

Jun 27 - 06:22 PM

Eamon Doyle

Eamon Doyle


Aug 10 - 01:05 AM

David W.

John Warner

Another critic caught up in his own little ego. Do us all a favor, and just get off the site. You wanted attention, and now you've got it, you moron.

Nov 18 - 04:12 PM

Tharuka W.

Tharuka Wickremasinghe

You suck!

Nov 22 - 12:58 AM

Lord Naseby

Lord Naseby

Anyone can say that they didn't find human reality if they completely ignored it.

Nov 20 - 10:57 AM

Max the Movie Kid

Max Chittock

Time Magazine. 'nuff said.

Nov 30 - 07:54 AM

william p.

william perkins

Wow you also gave taxi driver a bad review.
It seems you hate movie that are called some of the greatest of all time. Is this you trying to be different? **** yourself.

Jan 31 - 06:03 PM

Joe C.

Joe Couling

i'm going to carve that review over your f***ing epitaph so everyone knows how you shafted the greatest movie of all time.

Feb 7 - 03:05 PM


Brent Pantaleo


Mar 8 - 10:52 PM

The Reaper

Iron Will

Die in a fire.

Apr 9 - 12:30 PM

Melanie H.

Melanie Hammond

QUIT your job please!!!!

Apr 19 - 08:16 AM

Madee L.

Madee L

what are u saying?? backs away from human reality?! umm.. i think you should visit a mental hospital...

Apr 23 - 08:37 AM


Mardia Joan

Well, this review was written in 1975. Maybe people were stupider back then. I was born in the 80's, that's why I'm so cool.

May 17 - 04:51 PM

Anthony T.

Anthony Tavernia

Wow. Haha. Haha. Wow.

Jul 8 - 03:46 PM

Critique Threatt

Brian R

you guys are all followers. At least Schickel is being practical about this film.

Jul 13 - 10:45 AM

Charles R.

Charles R

wow it's fucking idiots like you that keep these masterpieces from having 100% on here

Jul 25 - 07:52 AM

All B.

All Bliss

I like you but please, go to hell.

Aug 9 - 10:09 AM

Ryan C.

Ryan Cangarlu


Aug 13 - 10:12 AM

Ryan C.

Ryan Cangarlu

Your Mother Should Have aborted you

Aug 13 - 10:16 AM

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