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The Deer Hunter Reviews

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media
October 19, 2016
Epic war drama is extremely intense and graphically violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ted Whitehead
The Spectator
February 17, 2016
The performances are unforgettable, particularly by Christopher Walken as the dreamy, masochistic, Russian-looking Nick.
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
March 2, 2015
The movie won five Oscars and, if anything, improves with age.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
March 2, 2015
The Deer Hunter is a rich and powerful picture that without a trace of patronisation or the slightest touch of cultural superiority, speaks eloquently for the inarticulate.
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
March 2, 2015
It has no more moral intelligence than the Clint Eastwood action pictures, yet it's an astonishing piece of work, an uneasy mixture of violent pulp and grandiosity, with an enraptured view of common life -- poetry of the commonplace.
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 18, 2015
In trying to measure the devastating impact of Vietnam on the lives of three American soldiers, Cimino brings home the true horror of that senseless conflict in a way that the 6 O'Clock News never could.
Paul Huckerby
Electric Sheep
August 1, 2014
A powerful film made with impressive style, and one of the key films of the decade.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
July 31, 2014
Michael Cimino's Oscar-winning epic The Deer Hunter brought the emotional, homefront legacy of the Vietnam War vividly to life for audiences around the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
July 31, 2014
The idea of sacrifice permeates everything, along with the cruelty and horror. This is Cimino's masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
July 31, 2014
Heart-on-sleeve stuff that works despite some of its more egregious impulses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Juliet Buchan
The Skinny
July 31, 2014
Impressively, Cimino manages to fluctuate involvingly between cynicism and compassion in what feels like a three hour cinematic ache.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 31, 2014
Art is long, we Cimino champions go on hopefully asserting. Life and injustice are short.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jamie Graham
Total Film
July 28, 2014
It's an American tragedy indebted to Russian literature, alive with detail and ritual and embedding viewers in the souls of men, the heart of a community and the spilled guts of a nation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
January 16, 2014
This multi-Oscar winner from Michael Cimino remains one of the finest and most controversial movies about the Vietnam War.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
January 16, 2014
Robert De Niro is, once again, explosive in this stunning Vietnam movie.
Cole Smithey
July 17, 2013
Michael Cimino is better remembered for bankrupting United Artists Studios with "Heaven's Gate" (1980) than he is for making the highly-praised war picture that put him in a position to do such a thing in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
February 6, 2013
Is it as good as its advance word and nine Academy Award nominations suggest? Yes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 25, 2012
The film's depiction of a senseless war remains relevant as long as power-hungry leaders continue to play Russian roulette with the lives of young soldiers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 19, 2012
Held together with a phenomenal cast, The Deer Hunter is a powerful film but also controversial in many ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Emanuel Levy
February 26, 2011
Largely Ambitious, and not without flaws, Cimino's Oscar winning film is nonetheless an effective chronicle of the impact of Vietnam on a clique of close friends
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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