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Jacob's Ladder Reviews

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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
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
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.
May 23, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 19, 2008
Dull, unimaginative and pretentious.
October 11, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
[Falls] ultimately flat on its surrealistic face, the victim of too many fake-art sequences.
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.
April 20, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
March 18, 2003
Pretentious tripe from Adrian Lyne with a plotline not unlike the 'surprise' of The Sixth Sense.
| Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Lyne indulges more in misdirection than in direction; he's a magician turning a sleazy trick.
January 1, 2000
Jacob's Ladder is a hammerhead movie, one that bashes the audience to death with its jazzy technique.
October 4, 2002
Good premise undercut by too much last-minute editing
| Original Score: 2/5
June 30, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 12, 2007
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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-
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
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.
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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