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Apocalypse Now Redux Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
June 21, 2002
...a more user-friendly, politically correct Apocalypse Now with kinder, gentler characters, blabbermouth political diatribes, comic relief and mind-numbing repetition.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
July 26, 2001
[The] additions only attempt to clarify what was already evident in the original cut
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
August 2, 2001
The question does the added material add or detract from the experience? Sadly, for the most part, it detracts.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 3, 2001
Apocalypse Now Redux is the meandering, indulgent art project that he was still enough of a craftsman, in 1979, to avoid.
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August 10, 2001
The restored footage, nearly an hour of it, has at once bloated and diluted the work we've known and half-loved, undercutting its still-astonishing strengths while making its flaws leap out with unprecedented clarity.
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
November 15, 2001
Sometimes it's just better to leave well enough alone.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 21, 2001
Packs every bit the wallop it did when it was new.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 10, 2001
Longer or shorter, redux or not, Apocalypse Now is one of the central events of my life as a filmgoer.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 23, 2001
Still one of the two or three best Vietnam movies, but Apocalypse Now Redux is no improvement.
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The new version shows that Coppola had originally intended something far more political, and while some of the new stuff could've remained lost, it does not diminish the movie's impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
...a longer, slower, more bloated version of [the] incendiary masterpiece which retains much of its power but suffers from some seriously unnecessary revisions.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cole Smithey
April 9, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Apocalypse Now" all but ruined Francis Coppola as a director. It remains a staggering achievement of pure provocative cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
June 6, 2011
The episodic nature is less apparent in Redux, the pacing surprisingly smoother as a result.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
August 31, 2001
The film is even more imperfect -- and, curiously, still an odd masterpiece.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 7, 2002
Coppola leaves untouched the one section that cried out for a new edit - the murky finale that puts the "near" in "near masterpiece.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 2, 2001
This is the war-is-hell movie.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 13, 2001
Coppola and his editor Walter Murch's instincts were right... the first time.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 14, 2001
Coppola and company has made a bigger, but not better, movie that does have to be seen [on the big screen]
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 22, 2001
Brings back bad memories to those who were protesters.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 1, 2001
Remains what it always was -- a phantasmagorical trip through the spookhouse followed by a descent so precipitous you can't believe it's really happening.

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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