• R, 2 hr. 14 min.
  • Drama, Classics, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Milos Forman
  • In Theaters:    Nov 19, 1975 Limited
  • On DVD:    Dec 9, 1997
  • United Artists

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Reviews

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
February 3, 2014

This film is one of the classic movies of the 1970s, thanks in no small measure to the talents of director Milos Forman.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 19, 2014

The movie is both timeless and indicative of its own era, a period of anti-establishment movements.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Total Film
February 12, 2013

Cast, direction, score, look -- perfect, perfect, perfect, perfect.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Hatch
The Nation
February 12, 2013

I enjoyed the picture because it is an action romance, worked out in wonderfully inventive detail and presented with mesmeric immediacy by one of the screen's most resourceful directors.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 7, 2010

Nicholson gets to use all the colors on his palette, from quiet, troubled contemplation to the disturbingly truthful, live-wire jesting with which he has become best associated. [Blu-ray]

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 27, 2010

A marvel of contemporary filmmaking...

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 16, 2010

It's mostly Nicholson that makes the film work, with his fun, but very intelligent, canny turn.

Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
September 9, 2010

There's a lot here. But with a classic like Cuckoo's Nest, too much is never enough.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010

A great cast, great screenplay and great performance makes One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest an enjoyable and thought provoking movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
May 15, 2010

A rare screen adaptation of a beloved novel that maintains the emotional and dramatic power of the original while establishing its own distinctive approach to the story...

Cole Smithey
August 5, 2009

The genius of the film is that you never feel you're being preached at, but rather being allowed a fly-on-the-wall view of a systematic crushing of humanity.

Full Review | Original Score: A+
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
February 20, 2009

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.

James Berardinelli
Top Critic
November 4, 2008

Viewed 30 years after its release, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest remains a very good motion picture, although one that perhaps just misses the pinnacle of greatness where its reputation suggests it resides.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
A.D. Murphy
Top Critic
February 19, 2008

Jack Nicholson stars in an outstanding characterization of Ken Kesey's asylum anti-hero, McMurphy, and Milos Forman's direction of a superbly-cast film is equally meritorious.

February 19, 2008

The film remains as fresh, shocking, depressing and exhilarating as when it was released.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
December 23, 2006

A terrific adaptation of Ken Kensey's 1962 novel (first done as play) that became timelier in the 1970s, positing a free-spirited hero (the excellent Jack Nicholson) against repressive authoritarianism, embodied by Fletcher's nurse.

Full Review | Original Score: A-

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 13, 2006

Ken Kesey's grim satire of institutionalized authority, bracingly filmed by Milos Forman.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
December 13, 2006

Jack Nicholson plays McMurphy as if he were born to it, and the supporting cast provides fine, detailed performances.

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 13, 2006

A stirring indictment of how we determine who's sane and who's crazy.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Time Out
Top Critic
February 11, 2006

Set in an insane asylum, the film involves the oppression of the individual, a struggle spearheaded by an ebullient Nicholson, turning in a star performance if ever there was one.

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