Apocalypse Now Reviews

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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."
September 6, 2018
It has coherence, truthfulness, and conviction-up to a point.
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.
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 27, 2011
Undoubtedly it is one of the best films about war ever made.
May 26, 2011
A film that needs to be seen on the big screen.
May 26, 2011
A gilt-edged, no-messing, accept-no-substitutes masterpiece.
May 25, 2011
A film of pure sensation, dazzling audiences with light and noise, laying bare the stark horror - and unimaginable thrill - of combat.
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.'
February 9, 2006
...it's wonderful to see this hallucinatory folly-cum-near masterpiece again on the big screen.
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.
December 31, 2003
...Coppola's sprawling, harrowing war story is not to be missed.
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.
January 17, 2002
Apocalypse Now is a mixed bag, a product of excess and ambition, hatched in agony and redeemed by shards of brilliance.
January 17, 2002
January 17, 2002
...the movie still has the power to floor you with its stunning sounds and imagery.
January 17, 2002
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...
January 15, 2002
As technically complex and masterful as any war film I can remember.
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