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Jarhead Reviews

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
January 13, 2006
Gripping, intelligent and amazing to look at, here, at last, is a combat film that's not to be missed -- even if there's no combat in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
January 12, 2006
Gyllenhaal effortlessly carries the film, making an engaging lead, even if his character's lust for the pink mist is a little disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 6, 2006
Perigosamente dúbio do ponto de vista ideológico. Se viesse com bula, este filme deveria trazer o aviso 'Deve ser mantido fora do alcance de crianças e de pessoas imaturas'.
| Original Score: 4/5
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
December 30, 2005
A good movie, but definitely not for everyone, as much like the marines starring in this show, most of your time watching the film is spent waiting for "something" to happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
December 12, 2005
Jarhead gives voice to the humor and horror of military service during wartime, the things that those who served will not and cannot convey to civilians.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 9, 2005
Jarhead is utterly predictable (boys endure tough training; boys encounter another culture and are baffled), studded with first-rate performances.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 6, 2005
Screenwriter William Broyles, Jr., a former Vietnam pilot and Newsweek editor, connects reasonably well with the material, but American Beauty director Sam Mendes has a tendency to smooth out the rough edges, and the film goes flat as month-old soda.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
December 6, 2005
...as a memoir "Jarhead" is fantastic, as big budget Hollywood entertainment, the film is a failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 6, 2005
It uses [its] influences as thematic shorthand, not adding anything of its own, and it doesn't stick to any of them long enough or consistently enough to really draw you in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
December 6, 2005
Swofford's funny, poetic prose ignites the meandering, anticlimactic narrative; Mendes struggles to find his own voice. Why does such a personal story seem like so many other movies?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Zingale
December 6, 2005
Many expected Jarhead to be this generation's Platoon, but it's not; it's actually better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
December 6, 2005
It's not a pretty picture, but it is a lovely film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
December 6, 2005
It's a masochistic exercise in bottled-up potential energy just primed to explode.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
For those bemoaning the lack of "action," I'm sure whatever flicks come out after the end of the current Iraq War (whenever that turns out to be) will be much more, uh, "entertaining."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
December 1, 2005
For all the interesting aspects of Jarhead, there's way too much filler for it to be more than a so-so picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 49/100
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 25, 2005
Atrikingly visual and thematically stirring, but it doesn't say anything terribly revealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
November 23, 2005
Sam Mendes' movie is more about how training for war affects a man than the war itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 23, 2005
In large part, Jarhead is a retread of [Full Metal Jacket] but with all the interesting stuff %u2013 thematic and stylistic %u2013 taken out.
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
November 21, 2005
Few films have made military life, especially in wartime, seem so unappealing. But its achievement is also its detriment: soul-killing routine rarely translates to compelling art.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Head
IGN Movies
November 17, 2005
This is the new kind of war, where you don't see the enemy until you stumble across his charred body. This is Jarhead. It's not epic. It's really sort of a cat-and-mouse game.
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