Born on the Fourth of July - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Born on the Fourth of July Reviews

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Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Stone has created a film whose overblown parts add up to far less than the epic whole he had in mind.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 16, 2003
This is a sad case of a film with high and noble intentions that features great dramatic performances, but it ends up being a superficial epic, diluted, limited, and strangely unmoving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This is an impassioned movie, made with conviction and evangelical verve. It's also hysterical and overbearing and alienating.
Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Unflinching story of Vietnam vet turned activist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 12, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Nothing Cruise has done will prepare you for what he does in Born on the Fourth of July.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 20, 1989
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
October 3, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
Tom Cruise proves he's more than a chiseled face in Stone's anti-war epic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
July 26, 2002
Hey...Cruise can act!
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 5, 2008
A great performance by Cruise
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 13, 2006
Stone does populist anti-war with a passion.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
June 6, 2008
Tom Cruise, who takes Kovic from clean-cut eager teen to impassioned long-haired activist, is stunning.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 15, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
A forceful and admirably heartfelt performance by Tom Cruise galvanizes this picture, which should be more powerful than it is considering the darkness and fullness of the emotions at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 11, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 15, 2002
Oliver Stone (Best Director Oscar) directs this film about individuals whose traditional patriotism is ambushed by the Vietnam War and reborn in political protest.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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