Platoon Reviews

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 22, 2015
This film is an act of courage. Stone, the gutsy writer-director, records in a devastating barrage of images the relentless horror and the senseless carnage experienced by far too many Americans in Vietnam.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
February 22, 2015
Stone's strongest suit, however, isn't so much realism as it is his way of blending immediacy and insight.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
February 24, 2014
There are images in Platoon so powerful that they seem, rather than simply imprinted on celluloid, to have been burned into memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 24, 2014
Precisely because Stone forces you to experience a grunt's tunnel vision and rage, Platoon is a film of inspiring empathy and awesome force. Curiously, that same tunnelvision in the end compromises Platoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
February 19, 2013
This is movie-making with a zealot's fervor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
February 19, 2013
Platoon is filled with one fine performance after another, and one can only wish that every person who saw the cartoonish war fantasy that was Rambo would buy a ticket to Platoon and bear witness to something closer to the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
February 24, 2010
Platoon is different. It matters.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 20, 2009
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.
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
February 5, 2007
For all the purported naturalism, the film seems resolutely schematic, and the attitudes shaping the drama are far from open-ended.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Stone's eye-blistering images possess an awesome power, which sets the senses reeling and leaves the mind disturbed.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Possibly the best work of any kind about the Vietnam War since Michael Herr's vigorous and hallucinatory book Dispatches.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 6, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
March 12, 2002
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.'
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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The movie is beautifully written (by Stone), constructed with strong, clean lines, immaculately paced and regularly surprising.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Platoon is like the Wall -- a dark and unforgettable memorial to the dead of Vietnam and an awesome requiem to the eternity of war.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
...it's still the standard against which all other movies about the Vietnam War are judged.