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Platoon Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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The artistic veneer Stone applies, along with the simpy narration provided for Sheen in the way of letters to his grandmother, detract significantly from the work's immediacy.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 20, 2009
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

| Original Score: 2/5

August 18, 2005
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

well made but dishonestly anti-American

| Original Score: 2/5

July 9, 2005
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 2/5

March 9, 2006
Pauline Kael
New Yorker
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I know that Platoon is being acclaimed for its realism, and I expect to be chastened for being a woman finding fault with a war film. But I've probably seen as much combat as most of the men saying, 'This is how war is.'

March 12, 2002
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Oliver Stone tries ambitiously to capture the full horror and frenzy of combat in Southeast Asia, but his technical skill outstrips his insight.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

February 24, 2014
Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
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For all the purported naturalism, the film seems resolutely schematic, and the attitudes shaping the drama are far from open-ended.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 5, 2007
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News

Platoon is not the definitive Vietnam statement that Stone may have intended, or that others are already claiming it to be. But it is a powerful document about that sad war, and a riveting piece of moviemaking.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News

February 24, 2014
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The utter chaos of war in Vietnam is brilliantly portrayed. No one can deny this film the power of its images and the weight of all-pervasive terror it creates.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

February 24, 2014
Ralph Novak
People Magazine

No sane person should want to get any closer to war than this film.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

January 21, 2014
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... excellent ... elegiac and poetry-stuffed

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 94/100

June 23, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A film that says...that before you can make any vast, sweeping statements about Vietnam, you have to begin by understanding the bottom line, which is that a lot of people went over there and got killed, dead, and that is what the war meant for them.

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

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Platoon is one of those movies that, once seen, will never be forgotten, and, at least for those who were not in Vietnam, will forever alter the way in which the war is considered.

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

February 6, 2003
Terrence Rafferty
The Nation

Vietnam seems to have made [Stone] a better filmmaker -- his next movies should tell us whether, in the best war-movie tradition, it's also made a man out of him.

Full Review Source: The Nation

January 14, 2013
Adrian Turner
Radio Times

This is a modern classic and a personal exorcism for its director.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

February 24, 2014
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Most war films adhere to a big-picture purview, explaining which battles meant what and fulfilled which strategic objectives. Stone's effort skirts all that in favor of wrapping the viewer in visceral detail.

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

January 28, 2007
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com

One of the greatest war films of all time, Oliver Stone shows the intense comraderie as well as the major horrors of war. Charlie Sheen is in is greatest role ever

Full Review Source: Zap2it.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 21, 2003
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Easily one of Oliver Stone's very best films.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 17, 2002
Clint Morris
Moviehole

| Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2005
Rebecca Murray
About.com

| Original Score: 4/5

March 19, 2005
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