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Apocalypse Now Reviews

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
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.
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
August 14, 2015
Certainly, no movie in history has ever presented stronger proof that war is living hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
May 25, 2011
A film of pure sensation, dazzling audiences with light and noise, laying bare the stark horror - and unimaginable thrill - of combat.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dale Pollock
Variety
July 2, 2007
Alternately a brilliant and bizarre film, Francis Coppola's four year 'work in progress' offers the definitive validation to the old saw, 'war is hell.'
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
...it's wonderful to see this hallucinatory folly-cum-near masterpiece again on the big screen.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Apocalypse Now did help provide me, and many of my generation, with a vision of what film art could achieve, a vision so magnificent it doomed us to spend much of our subsequent moviegoing lives in a funk.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 31, 2003
...Coppola's sprawling, harrowing war story is not to be missed.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 17, 2002
Apocalypse Now is a mixed bag, a product of excess and ambition, hatched in agony and redeemed by shards of brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 17, 2002
The opening, with the whirling sound of choppers intercut with Willard sweating angst in his Saigon hotel bed, a jungle burning with napalm...remains a visual and aural wonder.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 17, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 17, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Allen Barra
Salon.com
January 17, 2002
What the excitement was about was the unspoken belief that this film would put a cap on the most exciting decade in American film, that it would sum up everything that had come before and influence everything that came after...
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 17, 2002
...the movie still has the power to floor you with its stunning sounds and imagery.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
January 15, 2002
As technically complex and masterful as any war film I can remember.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 11, 2001
There are worse ways to make movies, but there are a lot of better ones too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The film has one of the most haunting endings in cinema, a poetic evocation of what Kurtz has discovered, and what we hope not to discover for ourselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4