Born on the Fourth of July Reviews

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.
August 15, 2018
The movie is all glib explanation... banal in its obviousness and crass in its moralizing.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
This is an impassioned movie, made with conviction and evangelical verve. It's also hysterical and overbearing and alienating.
January 1, 2000
Stone has created a film whose overblown parts add up to far less than the epic whole he had in mind.