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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 20, 2009
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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Even granting the artist his license, America is much too big and various to be satisfactorily reduced to the dimensions of one mental ward in a movie like this.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
Robert Hatch
The Nation

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.

Full Review Source: The Nation

February 12, 2013
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

July 29, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest not a great film because it is manipulative, or is it great because it is so superbly manipulative? I can see it through either filter.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 25, 2003
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 4, 2008
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

A rousing, rock-the-boat feel pulses throughout the film, overpowering its weaknesses.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

November 11, 2005
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

February 3, 2014
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic

This superlative 2-disc set ranks among my favorite DVDs of 2002, and I absolutely recommend it as a purchase.

Full Review Source: DVD Clinic | Original Score: 5/5

October 8, 2002
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

July 6, 2010
Chris Seibold
Filmcritic.com

Along with It Happened One Night and The Silence of the Lambs, these are the only three films to win all four major Oscars (actor, actress, director, picture). It's still the only film to deserve it.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2000
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

| Original Score: 5/5

August 10, 2002
Rebecca Murray
About.com

| Original Score: 5/5

March 5, 2003
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A+

August 5, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

September 16, 2010
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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There's a lot here. But with a classic like Cuckoo's Nest, too much is never enough.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

September 9, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A marvel of contemporary filmmaking...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

September 27, 2010
A.D. Murphy
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 19, 2008
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 5/5

July 26, 2002
Michael Ferraro
Film Threat

| Original Score: 5/5

May 23, 2006
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