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Jarhead Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 3, 2005
A film about one of life's most primal experiences that's completely devoid of any sense of urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 4, 2005
Jarhead can't shoot its way out of its own cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
November 8, 2005
The result is much like the movie itself, as well-trained men perform an exercise that is noble in purpose but, ultimately, devoid of larger meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
November 10, 2005
Like the marines in this movie, we are forced to deal with the boredom as well as the excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 1, 2009
Slick military faux-criticism
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 28, 2005
The filmmakers clearly wanted to avoid the politics surrounding the first Gulf War even as they pay tribute to the Marines, the jarheads, who went to Saudi Arabia to fight. But the result is a movie rife with ambivalence.
Chris Barsanti
ToxicUniverse.com
November 3, 2005
This is not a film that wrestles with itself to determine whether it's anti- or pro-war ... it doesn't even try.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 3, 2005
Never comes close to expressing the insanity of war itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Sporadically entertaining, and ultimately pointless -- although that seems to be its agenda right from the start.
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
November 3, 2005
A disappointing war movie with not one shot fired, no visible enemy, and soldiers standing around in the desert. More gay than "Capote."
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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
November 3, 2005
Beautiful tedium is still tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 31, 2005
Sam Mendes' third feature has numerous arresting moments but never achieves a confident, consistent or sufficiently audacious tone.
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
November 3, 2005
Regardless of how lush and fully realized the imagery is, Jarhead as a movie is stuck permanently in basic training.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 4, 2005
Do I quibble over details? Details are all the movie offers.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
November 9, 2005
Basically, (director Sam) Mendes and (screenwriter William) Broyles paint too big a canvas and cannot adequately cover it all.
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Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
November 3, 2005
Jarhead is like the prologue of Heaven's Gate; a long and unnecessary setup to the real meat of the story which is Three Kings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
November 3, 2005
Stylistically stunning and performed with conviction, 'Jarhead,' nonetheless, leaves the viewer emotionally unconnected.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
November 4, 2005
The tag line for this film is 'Welcome to the suck.' Consider this your warning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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