Jarhead Reviews

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June 5, 2019
A tedious film with an utterly unlikable protagonist.
January 16, 2018
Gyllenhaal can, in fact, act, so the blame must fall elsewhere for his dim performance, all topless tears and soulful voiceovers. The same goes for Peter Sarsgaard, Chris Cooper and Jamie Foxx, three good actors forced into contortions of theatrics.
September 1, 2009
Slick military faux-criticism
January 15, 2008
Sporadically entertaining, and ultimately pointless -- although that seems to be its agenda right from the start.
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.
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
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.
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.
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
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
...as a memoir "Jarhead" is fantastic, as big budget Hollywood entertainment, the film is a failure.
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.
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 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
I came. I saw. I didn't do anything. I went back home.
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 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 10, 2005
Like the marines in this movie, we are forced to deal with the boredom as well as the excitement.
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