Jarhead Reviews

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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.
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.
January 17, 2006
Jarhead takes a perverse pleasure in confounding your expectations of what a war movie should be.
January 15, 2006
All talk, very little action.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
December 9, 2005
Jarhead is utterly predictable (boys endure tough training; boys encounter another culture and are baffled), studded with first-rate performances.
December 6, 2005
It is clear, fairly early on, that David O' Russell's vastly superior Three Kings is still the definitive opus on the first Gulf War.
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.
December 6, 2005
...as a memoir "Jarhead" is fantastic, as big budget Hollywood entertainment, the film is a failure.
December 6, 2005
It's a masochistic exercise in bottled-up potential energy just primed to explode.
December 6, 2005
It's not a pretty picture, but it is a lovely film.
December 6, 2005
December 6, 2005
Many expected Jarhead to be this generation's Platoon, but it's not; it's actually better.
December 6, 2005
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.
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