Johnny Got His Gun Reviews

July 21, 2010
Problems aside, there's a cumulative power to the material and an idea that's impossible to ignore.
January 12, 2010
[Trumbo's] filmmaking is frugal -- jump-cuts state the passage of time, a languid fade to yellow signifies solar warmth.
May 6, 2009
Sadly, time has not made this story any less relevant or potent.
April 19, 2009
Dalton Trumbo (member of the Hollywood Ten) sole directing effort is one of the most hauntingly powerful anti-war film made, an experimental work that's effective as realistic portrait of war's damages as well as metaphoric, quasi-religious journey.
April 4, 2009
strong historical and literate adaptation of a truly remarkable anti-war classic
March 28, 2009
a sobering, grueling look at us
November 9, 2008
The primal power of the story -- a young man trying to find some sense in what's happened to him -- prevails.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
The film is often sentimental, sometimes brilliant as well as horrifying, and it is intriguing to speculate on what Buuel, whom Trumbo originally wanted to direct, would have made of it.
October 23, 2004
Instead of belaboring ironic points about the "war to end war," Trumbo remains stubbornly on the human level.
February 8, 2004
May 24, 2003
Trumbo successfully turns Johnny into the living embodiment of the horror and futility of war -- but also of the unquenchable resilience of the human spirit.
March 6, 2003
A heartbreaking anti-war allegory that's a bit slow, yet stills commands your attention. Donald Sutherland as a hippie Jesus is a bit too much, though.
October 25, 2002
January 1, 2000
This grim soldier's tale has some bad acting and some overextended melodrama, but eventually it hits its stride and becomes a gripping drama.