Jarhead Reviews

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February 27, 2007
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.
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.
January 17, 2006
Jarhead takes a perverse pleasure in confounding your expectations of what a war movie should be.
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.
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
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.
November 7, 2005
This is a very strong film with really good performances.
November 4, 2005
What's so good about the movie is Gyllenhaal's refusal to show off; he doesn't seem jealous of the camera's attention when it goes to others and is content, for long stretches, to serve simply as a prism though which other young men can be observed.
November 4, 2005
Director Sam Mendes' third screen outing pretty well nails Swofford's tone, which was mordant without being disrespectful, and, in fact, is begrudgingly reverent of the Corps.
November 4, 2005
Jarhead makes its points less obviously than most war films, and with more brains than blood.
November 4, 2005
The best war movies -- and this one, despite its being overlong and repetitive, is among them -- hold that men fight (or in this case, are ready to fight) not for causes, but to survive and to help their comrades do the same.
November 4, 2005
Jarhead is often a film about boredom, but it's never boring; full of unexpected touches and detailed character turns.
November 4, 2005
The invigorating thing about Jarhead is it makes us encounter the truth in its undigested form.
November 4, 2005
As hard as the actors work, Jarhead feels false right down to its seductive visuals.
November 4, 2005
Gyllenhaal is the heart and soul of a darkly funny and ferociously intense movie that sets its sights on soldiers under the gun of doing nothing.
November 4, 2005
Although the picture suffers a narrative letdown in the third act that leaves its central characters -- and, alas, its audience -- in the muck of anticlimax, Jarhead has moments of real glory.
November 4, 2005
Jarhead can't shoot its way out of its own cliches.
November 4, 2005
The movie is so good you wish it were even better, particularly in its characterizations.
November 4, 2005
Do I quibble over details? Details are all the movie offers.
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