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Full Metal Jacket Reviews

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John Rico
October 25, 2015
One of the classics of war cinema, it's not nearly as good as its legend suggests. But it's pretty good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1-5
Peter Travers
People Magazine
June 24, 2015
[Kubrick's] genius, and perhaps burden, is to see the insanity in us all and to make it seem so terrifyingly normal.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 9, 2015
...a justifiably iconic war film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 5, 2014
One of Kubrick's foremost triumphs, a genuinely challenging and uncomfortable war film
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Terrence Rafferty
The Nation
June 21, 2013
No amount of stylistic analysis, however, is likely to explain why a man would devote more than three years of his life to making a war movie in which violent death isn't meant to move us. Does Kubrick really think we're not callous enough about war?
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
June 21, 2013
While its message is simple -- innocent young Americans are taught to be machine-like killers -- its technique is extraordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
June 21, 2013
If a film doesn't give us people, it has to offer a substitute -- an idea, a style, a vision. Full Metal Jacket comes up blank.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 21, 2013
If his considerable achievement in this long- awaited film falls short of his Olympian standards, there is a reason that ought to give Kubrick some satisfaction. The world has caught up with Kubrick and what he has to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 21, 2013
Relentlessly harsh in its images and language, Full Metal Jacket is nonetheless the most artful film yet made about the Vietnam War.
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
June 21, 2013
It may seem too spare, too clinical, its moments of war even too familiar for some. But, aiming for minds as well as hearts, Kubrick hits his target squarely.
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 21, 2013
Full Metal Jacket is a great motion picture. Be warned, however, that it is harsh and explicit.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 21, 2013
What gives this story its power is not really its originality, but the relentlessness of Kubrick's black-comic vision and the tightness of his focus.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
June 21, 2013
There is a real fear at the heart of this monstrously armored, desperately defensive film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
June 21, 2013
It's a great piece of filmmaking, diminished only by a second act that fails to live up to the first act of the Marines in training.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 8, 2012
It still qualifies as one of Kubrick's most underrated pictures, and it's second only to Apocalypse Now as the best Vietnam War movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 6, 2012
Kubrick again turns his unsparing eye to the dread of existence...of a godless universe...of moral frailty and civilization gone wrong...[Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sarah Wenk
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Extremely graphic, violent Vietnam War film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Newman
September 11, 2010
It still stands as a timeless meditation on war and its effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 22, 2010
Less about the Vietnam War than about how the Marine Corps turns its recruits into killers.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 31, 2009
Visually poetic, darkly humorous, uncompromisingly brutal, and subversive in every way, Full Metal Jacket is easily one of the best war movies without being remotely similar to your standard issue war flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 94/100
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