Jarhead Reviews

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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?
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."
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.
November 25, 2005
Atrikingly visual and thematically stirring, but it doesn't say anything terribly revealing.
November 23, 2005
Sam Mendes' movie is more about how training for war affects a man than the war itself.
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.
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.
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.
November 17, 2005
I came. I saw. I didn't do anything. I went back home.
November 17, 2005
Jarhead makes you consider the frequently harrowing conditions of those men who put their lives on the line for our country, doing what they're told, without question.
November 16, 2005
"Sands of Iwo Jima" (1949) in the style of "From Here to Eternity" (1953), updated for the Gulf War.
November 15, 2005
For Swofford, the war was one long and losing battle against boredom. For anyone caught in the draft of this blustery movie, the experience will be much the same.
November 14, 2005
We should all hope that our personal frustrating dead ends are directed by Sam Mendes...beautifully realized and sobering.
November 11, 2005
..."thank you" for your service.
November 11, 2005
The film's mixed messages about war and the Marines may be an attempt by director Sam Mendes not to provoke his audience, but it leaves Jarhead weirdly unresolved.
November 11, 2005
Think of Jarhead as "Waiting for Godot" with sunscreen.
November 11, 2005
Grippingly flirts with peeling back the layers of truth on these subjugated capital-I issues...
November 10, 2005
So many films have concentrated on the horrors of war, but none in my recent memory has dealt with the tedium.
November 10, 2005
A fine, sometimes genuinely tense war movie that doesn't deify war or the Marines at its core.
November 10, 2005
The worst recruitment tool the Marines could have hoped for.
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