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Johnny Got His Gun Reviews

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Charles Ealy
Austin American-Statesman
December 5, 2008
Johnny Got His Gun won't break any box-office records. But it should find a small but loyal audience.
| Original Score: 3/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 5, 2008
McKenzie has the perfect boy-next-door looks as well as the physical intensity and ardent naturalism to hold your interest. It's a tour-de-force performance, and Joseph's camerawork is fluid and sensitive.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 4, 2008
Unless viewers are aficionados of solo shows and want to see every one they can, this effort comes off as forced, far too self-aware and unfortunately dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Laura Kern
New York Times
December 4, 2008
Staged plays just aren't that cinematic, and even under the capable direction of Rowan Joseph, Mr. McKenzie doesn't provide enough spark to offset the problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 4, 2008
It's hard not to wish that the novel had instead been newly adapted into a real film by a director with the requisite daring and imagination.
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Dennis Harvey
December 4, 2008
Ably filmed by veteran stage producer-director Rowan Joseph, Bradley Rand Smith's theatrical script provides a bravura thespian workout for Ben McKenzie.
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
November 14, 2008
Trumbo's aim was a kind of proletarian poetry, but McKenzie's broad emoting has the deadly earnestness of a school play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 24, 2008
Trumbo's dialogue is as subtle as a bayonet charge and as outdated, while McKenzie, alternately shouty and moany, is not the actor to pull it off.
| Original Score: 1/4
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David Fear
Time Out
October 22, 2008
A veteran theater director, Rowan Joseph adapted Dalton Trumbo's antiwar novel into an Off Broadway play in 1982. If you're still kicking yourself for missing that production, then this film is for you -- and only you.
| Original Score: 2/6
Marco Cerritos
Boxoffice Magazine
October 22, 2008
The story of a wounded soldier during World War I and his hallucinations about life and combat serve as a poignant reminder of our country's current situation, but donā(TM)t do much to elevate it beyond that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
October 22, 2008
Little more than a good performance of dated material...Trumbo's pacifist rant now seems pleasantly corny in its memories of small-town America and absolutely irrelevant to the very real issues of present-day warfare.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
October 19, 2008
This incarnation of Johnny Got His Gun is a mismatch of medium, text and talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
October 10, 2008
Whether or not you agree with the pacifist message, the presentation is often overwrought and maudlin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
September 26, 2008
Coming out one year after The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Julian Schnabel's inventively mesmerizing movie about a man who can only communicate through blinking his eyes, places Johnny Got His Gun at a disadvantage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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