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Jacob's Ladder Reviews

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Dennis King
Tulsa World
August 23, 2014
Every story needs some kernel of internal logic, some hold on reality. But Lyne's film is like trying to scale a mountain of Jello. There's no solid ground. Everything is constantly shifting and undulating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun
August 23, 2014
Jacob's Ladder takes a long time getting to the point, and when it does, there isn't that much to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 23, 2014
Just when it's on the brink of becoming one of the most disturbing, disorienting and penetrating psychological horror movies, Jacob's Ladder -- in a self-deflating few minutes -- turns itself into a shaggy-dog story.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 23, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Variety Staff
June 19, 2008
Dull, unimaginative and pretentious.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 11, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[Falls] ultimately flat on its surrealistic face, the victim of too many fake-art sequences.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 23, 2014
There's a word for a movie that dresses up the usual cheap tricks with real human suffering and a bogus patina of truth: offensive.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
April 20, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 18, 2003
Pretentious tripe from Adrian Lyne with a plotline not unlike the 'surprise' of The Sixth Sense.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Lyne indulges more in misdirection than in direction; he's a magician turning a sleazy trick.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Jacob's Ladder is a hammerhead movie, one that bashes the audience to death with its jazzy technique.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
October 4, 2002
Good premise undercut by too much last-minute editing
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
June 30, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
January 12, 2007
| Original Score: 2/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
March 27, 2009
Despite all the confusion, it's a simple case of the script being too ambitious. It may emulate a man experiencing flashbacks, but it doesn't help the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Jacob's Ladder is the nightmare as Rube Goldberg machine. Lyne bombards us with omens and portents, but they aren't rooted in anything, and so the audience remains in a state of arbitrary, floating anxiety.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 23, 2014
Without a strongly sympathetic figure at the center of the movie, Jacob's plight seems very remote. Watching this film should feel like being caught in a nightmare, but it feels more like watching someone else who is caught in a nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
August 23, 2014
In the best puzzle movies, the pieces fit -- eventually. But if you try to piece together Jacob's Ladder, all you get for your trouble is more pieces.
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Steve Grant
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Lyne's giddying, unsettling direction conjures up moments of horrifying hallucinogenic power from the bad-trip hell of his protagonist.
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