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The Jacket Reviews

March 17, 2005
The acting is uniformly excellent.
March 7, 2005
It just bounces Brody back and forth in time and yanks us around, and around, and around.
March 4, 2005
The Jacket is doing nothing but sampling elements of Jacob's Ladder, The Silence of the Lambs and Memento.
March 4, 2005
Here, Maybury is just arty for art's sake, filming entire scenes in close-ups so big that viewers leave the theater knowing way more than they ever wanted to about the lead actors' bridgework.
March 4, 2005
Pic begins as a potentially intriguing study of the depersonalizing effects of warfare, only to end up a pastiche of time-travel and psycho-ward movie cliches.
March 4, 2005
It suffers from a common thriller syndrome these days: the desire to explain away madness with logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 4, 2005
Maybury tricks everything up with a hyperkinetic directing style that relies heavily on constant flashes, trippy quick cuts, icily bleached-out colors and frequent, odd close-ups of everyone's dental work.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 4, 2005
A somber piece of intellectually challenging entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 4, 2005
A sci-fi fantasy with an unusual bit of gravity and style.
March 4, 2005
The characters in the tepid sci-fi thriller The Jacket, starring Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley, are so flat and the dialogue so dull you expect it to be one of those movies whose existence is justified by a big final twist.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 4, 2005
I enjoyed the electroshock ambience, and accepted the ride as a jumped-up sci-fi mystery.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 4, 2005
Even the viewer who finds the premise too far-fetched to accept may nonetheless come away impressed with the ambitiousness of the attempt and even be moved by the emotional effect of the film's well-staged concluding sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 4, 2005
At times it seems like a daring mindbender. At other times, it just seems unintentionally absurd.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 4, 2005
Apparently, there's a lot less to this picture than meets the eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 4, 2005
If you can buy the entire psychic flying about and enjoy a bit of sick torture, The Jacket is a lot of fun -- fast, frightening and furiously intent.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 4, 2005
An impressive application of mood and style can't really bring a skittering script into focus.
Read More | Original Score: C+
March 4, 2005
There's a lot to think about. What's lacking here is something to care about.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 4, 2005
It's basically Mr. Brody's movie, and his performance is riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 4, 2005
The movie, taking its cue from Jack's deep weariness and depression, trudges through its paces as if it were deep and meaningful, which I am afraid it is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 4, 2005
Too much light shines through the holes of the plot, the tone gets stuck on the B-movie level, and the underpinnings of romance and revenge are trite for all the fancy trimmings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 4, 2005
On the surface, the film comes off as fairly clever, but the more you examine the plot, the more flaws you'll see.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 4, 2005
For a while, the moody atmosphere and trippy visuals add up to an unnerving experience.
March 3, 2005
Make no mistake, this movie is terribly silly, but it's not completely terrible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 3, 2005
I appreciate the way the story is developed, taking audiences into The Twilight Zone, but not leaving them stranded there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2005
A complex puzzle cooked up by some admittedly smart people, but populated by characters too artificial to ever care about.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 3, 2005
A movie that seems intelligent until you catch on that it's all images and attitude without much underneath.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 3, 2005
Makes little sense and much ado.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 3, 2005
While screenwriter Massy Tadjedin's derivative premise definitely taps into universal fears, director John Maybury ... lays it on a bit thick.
March 3, 2005
What sounds formulaic is elevated by strong performances -- particularly from Brody -- interesting plot revelations and an approach that forces you to look into your soul, one of the scariest places for many of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2005
A gruesome, pretentious and incompetent mess.
March 3, 2005
Too littered with loose ends and 'huh?' moments to work as the edgy sci-fi thriller-romance it wants to be.
Read More | Original Score: D
March 3, 2005
Feels like it must be the 12th jolt-laden morbid thriller to open this year, yet it's the first that doesn't insult your intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 3, 2005
One can't help but wonder how American soldiers in Iraq would respond to seeing their inescapable reality used as fodder for an escapist thriller in which the real enemy is bad hospital management.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 3, 2005
The hero's condition, which goes unconnected to the amnesia of war, instead becomes an allegory for a filmmaker forgetting his roots.
February 24, 2005
Straps you in for a head trip that promises hallucinatory wonders but delivers the same old Hollywood formula with sugar on top.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 25, 2005
The Jacket is not likely to be everyone's cup of tea, but filmmaker John Maybury has forged a mesmerizing mindblower.