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Jarhead Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
September 1, 2009
Slick military faux-criticism
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
For some it's an anti-war message, for others it's just a non-biased portrait of a man who never went to war despite being in the military during war time.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Sporadically entertaining, and ultimately pointless -- although that seems to be its agenda right from the start.
Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
As a depressive riff on Generation X's first war...it's exceptionally well-crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
What little statement the film makes revolves around the absurdity of these men, trained to shoot with ultimate precision, and never given the chance to fire off a round.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 10, 2007
As time passes, waiting for orders becomes like waiting for Godot, an absurdist tragicomedy of frustration, madness and masculinity gone awry.
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
May 31, 2007
A series of disjointed, shocking, and often unintentionally-humorous vignettes designed to celebrate boy-boy camaraderie while fomenting anti-Arab sentiments in the name of God, mom, and Apple Pie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
April 23, 2007
The first 20 minutes of have masterpiece written all over them, unfortunately, that fire peters out quite constantly until the film comes to a near flat lining ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
February 10, 2007
As usual, when the US makes war against the rest of the world, it's the artist who steps up to the plate to expose the lies and senseless tragedy, not the faint of heart or soul politicians and media.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Leslie Felperin
Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006
Jarhead is simultaneously audaciously original and so mired in the clichés it knowingly acknowledges, sends up and honours that it has little new to say.
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today
September 25, 2006
Thanks to its poignancy and expert crafting, Jarhead could become a classic war drama -- one that speaks for a new era of soldier and worldliness.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Swofford has said he doesn't mind the movie's alterations, but the real issue is how it dulls the intimacy and idiosyncrasy of his voice, which was the book's compass.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Meyerson
March 6, 2006
if not a classic war film, at least a top-notch and engrossing imitation of one.
| Original Score: 4/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
February 10, 2006
It's another fine Gyllenhaal performance, but not really enough, because his suffering doesn't amount to a hill of Kuwaiti sand in the end.
Top Critic
Ben Walters
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The film's strong suit is vagueness, presenting combat as a semi-surreal state of ignorant expectation and dislocated experience: these warriors loll in the desert awaiting action or trying to make sense of its consequences.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 3, 2006
All the absurdities of the human condition are compressed into experiences of war, or at least that's the impression we get through Jarhead, Sam Mendes' fascinating film based on a real memoir by a Jarhead.
Paul Arendt
January 17, 2006
Jarhead takes a perverse pleasure in confounding your expectations of what a war movie should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Utichi
January 15, 2006
All talk, very little action.
| Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
January 14, 2006
Stunning to look at and to listen to, with elegantly chosen pop songs unspooling on the soundtrack under each fresh new horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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