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Full Metal Jacket Reviews

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October 9, 2016
Full Metal Jacket, produced, directed and co-written by Stanley Kubrick, is not an easy film to watch, but from the first frame to the last, it is a riveting one.
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
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.
January 9, 2015
...a justifiably iconic war film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 5, 2014
One of Kubrick's foremost triumphs, a genuinely challenging and uncomfortable war film
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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?
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
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.
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
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.
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.
June 21, 2013
Full Metal Jacket is a great motion picture. Be warned, however, that it is harsh and explicit.
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.
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
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
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
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
January 2, 2011
Extremely graphic, violent Vietnam War film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 11, 2010
It still stands as a timeless meditation on war and its effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 22, 2010
Less about the Vietnam War than about how the Marine Corps turns its recruits into killers.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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