Born on the Fourth of July Reviews

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October 11, 2019
The actor gives a risky, allout performance that makes him an obvious Oscar candidate. But his sacrifice is squandered. By the end of Stone's 140-minute ordeal, it becomes gruesomely clear that the movie is bereft of ideas.
April 10, 2019
As Kovic, Tom Cruise gives a performance that is adroit, moving and mature. The devices of fiction illuminate fact, but the film gains in power because we know that it is telling a true story.
August 15, 2018
The movie is all glib explanation... banal in its obviousness and crass in its moralizing.
June 10, 2018
There's ultimately little doubt that Born on the Fourth of July benefits substantially from Cruise's engrossing and often electrifying turn as the tortured protagonist...
September 19, 2016
...a tale of American masculinity undone.
August 8, 2012
Not counting his iconic themes for such blockbusters as Star Wars and Jaws, this might feature John Williams' best music score to date.
July 4, 2012
An exceptional feature on every level of execution, also displaying a rare sensitivity to Stone that he would spend the rest of his career trying to bury in violence and experimentation.
January 2, 2011
Unflinching story of Vietnam vet turned activist.
December 21, 2008
Cruise's impassioned performance as Kovic is an impressive accomplishment.
December 21, 2008
Not the sort of movie you actually enjoy, but its thought-provoking subject matter and haunting images are not easily forgotten.
September 5, 2008
A great performance by Cruise
June 6, 2008
Tom Cruise, who takes Kovic from clean-cut eager teen to impassioned long-haired activist, is stunning.
February 13, 2008
Though departing from the source material, Ron Kovic's stirring chronicle of his Vietnam experience, this film is a good companion piece to Oliver Stone's Oscar-winner Platoon, showcasing star Tom Cruise in one of his most dramatic performances.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
A compelling, elegiac film, particularly encouraging after the simplified morality of Platoon.
March 13, 2006
Stone does populist anti-war with a passion.
October 28, 2005
Made when Oliver Stone still had cred and Cruise wasn't a laughing stock. A fine movie.
May 3, 2005
An overrated potboiler with effectively horrific battle scenes but a too-easy duel between good and evil father figures.
February 11, 2005
November 19, 2004
October 3, 2004
I'll give Stone credit for capturing the craziness of Kovic's life, but he fails to give a human face to his free fall.
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