The Deer Hunter Reviews

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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.
February 6, 2013
Is it as good as its advance word and nine Academy Award nominations suggest? Yes.
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.
March 19, 2012
Held together with a phenomenal cast, The Deer Hunter is a powerful film but also controversial in many ways.
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
July 7, 2010
A richly detailed, angry picture, for many 'the' Vietnam war film, but one that also deals with such subjects as American small-town life, rites of passage, and love and death, in a way that haunts the memory.
April 29, 2009
The friendship between the three central characters, as well as their shared association with the men from their small hometown, is truthful and realistic in a way that most guys will find impossible to resist.
February 20, 2009
This excruciatingly violent, three-hour Viet Nam saga demolishes the moral and ideological cliches of an era: it shoves the audience into hell and leaves it stranded without a map.
August 3, 2008
The first half and second half of the film couldn't be more different but that is the genius behind the film.
February 20, 2008
The film is ambitious and it succeeds on a number of levels and it proves that Cimino is an important director who deserves to be watched carefully.
July 8, 2007
Like an honorable soldier, Cazale gave everything he had for a cause in which he believed.
June 13, 2007
Gauging the shifting moods of the 1970s, this tale of life and love disrupted by war is as arresting as a bullet to the brain.
December 13, 2006
A disgusting account of what the evil Vietnamese did to poor, innocent Americans stands at the center of this Oscar-laden weepie about macho buddies from a small industrial town.
December 13, 2006
A visceral film that says volumes about the horrors of war and its impact on the lives of typically well adjusted people.
January 26, 2006
This is probably one of the few great films of the Seventies.
November 22, 2004
October 23, 2004
It is a heartbreakingly effective fictional machine that evokes the agony of the Vietnam time.
October 8, 2004
September 9, 2004
August 4, 2004
A simultaneuosly touching and harrowing experience that puts the audience directly in the shoes of one man's experience of Vietnam.
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