Jacob's Ladder

1990, Horror/Mystery & thriller, 1h 53m

67 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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Even with its disorienting leaps of logic and structure, Jacob's Ladder is an engrossing, nerve-shattering experience. Read critic reviews

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After returning home from the Vietnam War, veteran Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) struggles to maintain his sanity. Plagued by hallucinations and flashbacks, Singer rapidly falls apart as the world and people around him morph and twist into disturbing images. His girlfriend, Jezzie (Elizabeth Peña), and ex-wife, Sarah (Patricia Kalember), try to help, but to little avail. Even Singer's chiropractor friend, Louis (Danny Aiello), fails to reach him as he descends into madness.

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Audience Reviews for Jacob's Ladder

  • Sep 17, 2015
    One of the most beautiful films ever put to print. Jacob's Ladder is American surrealism in motion, but the aesthetic is not quite supported by its story. There is so much potential here for a true masterpiece, but what we're given, though wholly entertaining, comes just shy of striking distance. The cast is very consistent as is the direction, but the plot offers so much unfulfilled brilliance that what we're left comes out as slightly underwhelming.
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  • Feb 23, 2014
    A great take on the Psychological Horror genre, Jacob's Ladder does almost everything right asides from a mild confusing second act and an unnecessary preachy drug twist at the end. Has great visual madness to spook you, touching moments, great presence by Tim Robbins and an interesting story that grabs your attention right from the start.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2013
    One word: mindfuck. This movie is fantastic, though disturbing at times. There are very few movies that made need to know what happens next. I was hooked less than 10 minutes in. I couldn't stop watching. Awesome.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
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