Apocalypse Now Reviews

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February 27, 2020
One of the pleasures of Apocalypse Now is that Coppola never settles for a single explanation.
October 8, 2019
Apocalypse has the expressive extravagance of a Wagner opera-and not merely because the swooping helicopter scene is set to the "Ride of the Valkyries."
August 7, 2019
This monumental apocalypse of napalm and helicopters ends up being a total spectacle of war, rarely achieved in film. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 1, 2019
Although Apocalypse Now is not a great movie, it shows a still-impressive, politically inspired ambition -- a reminder of why film culture matters... Mixing pessimism with astonishment, it expanded cultural unease on a grand 70mm scale.
September 6, 2018
It has coherence, truthfulness, and conviction-up to a point.
April 4, 2018
The film holds together well enough until it reaches its final muddle, and it has scenes and moments unequaled in recent European or American movies.
January 30, 2018
Coppola says he wanted to get to the moral issues that are behind all wars, but I think he has done no more than demonstrate the obvious-that in Vietnam we fought a bad war.
November 26, 2017
as Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) heads up river to assassinate Kurtz, his increasing admiration for the man is offset by his disgust at the scenes of more authorised insanity (and hypocrisy) all around.
September 27, 2017
Good or bad, success or failure, this is a magnificent, gonzo piece of cinema, and the art form would be far lesser if it had never existed.
August 1, 2017
An indelible statement on the lunacy of war.
December 10, 2016
Coppola's vivid-as-an-LSD-trip take on the madness of war is a one of a kind film, a mess-terpiece held together by sheer audacity and imagination.
December 18, 2015
It's the cumulative effect generated by mixing richly portentous imagery with absurdly portentous prose, starkly portentous sound and flatulently portentous music.
August 14, 2015
Certainly, no movie in history has ever presented stronger proof that war is living hell.
September 27, 2014
I'm revisiting and 'REDUX-ing' one of our five star film entries, to ensure that it is paid the dues it deserves. Let's get to it, with extreme prejudice.
February 1, 2014
The word "apocalypse" derives from the Greek for "revelation," so in effect the title of Coppola's masterpiece is a call for us to wake up and stop lying to ourselves about who we are and what we did and what we still have the power to do.
July 2, 2013
reveals the horror of necessary madness.
January 2, 2013
With a famously horrific and documentary inspiring shoot it's almost unfathomable how Francis Ford Coppolla managed to harness the chaotic energy into one of the most potent examinations of war and masculinity to ever grace celluloid.
January 4, 2012
Perhaps Francis Ford Coppola's greatest directorial achievement, Apocalypse Now is a visually stunning war film that has no equal, with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro capturing the films Philippine location to great effect.
May 28, 2011
Apocalypse Now is not merely the greatest film to come out of the Vietnam experience but one of the great works about the madness of our times.
May 28, 2011
A must-see, preferably in the cinema.
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