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An Officer and a Gentleman Reviews

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Top Critic
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
July 31, 2013
It is full of bang-on melodramatics and simple, romanticized characters with carefully supplied motivations.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 31, 2013
It's a straight-out drama in the old Hollywood style. As such, it works fairly well, though its lapses in taste are sour reminders of the subtlety Hollywood has lost in recent years.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 31, 2013
Taylor Hackford's 1982 film is an awesomely, stiflingly professional piece of work, with a fleet, superficial visual style, perfectly placed climaxes, and a screenplay that doesn't waste a single character or situation.

July 31, 2013
Phenomenally successful at the time of its release, but increasingly dated-looking.
Sue Heal
Radio Times
July 31, 2013
Not even the combined talents of Debra Winger and an Oscar-winning Louis Gossett Jr can turn this one into a great movie, but if you're in the mood for a wallow, it's perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
July 31, 2013
An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1980s version that doesn't tamper much with the formula, but it does revitalize it, thanks to the erotic teamwork of Richard Gere and Debra Winger.

TV Guide
July 31, 2013
The performances are uniformly strong, with Gere offering some of his best work -- though it pales in comparison with Gossett's tour de force as the tough, principled Sgt. Foley.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Hollis Griffin
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
So-so coming-of-age military flick; not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
July 6, 2010
Rarely does a film come along with so many finely-drawn characters to care about.
Pete Croatto
March 17, 2007
Its famous ending may be hokey, but in a movie this honest, it couldn't feel more right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Emanuel Levy
November 3, 2006
Blue-collar fairy tale: Richard Gere is the frog-prince and Debra Winger is Cinderella in this extremely old-fashioned yet enjoyable movie, whose few modernist touches are a black sergeant, rougher lingo, and more vivid sexuality.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Macho, materialistic, and pro-militarist, it's an objectionable little number made all the more insidious by the way Hackford pulls the strings and turns it into a heart-chilling weepie.
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
November 13, 2004
This movie is made for the romantic in all of us, as well as the loners that we've all experienced being at one point in our lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
An Officer and a Gentleman is the best movie about love that I've seen in a long time. Maybe that's because it's not about "love" as a Hollywood concept, but about love as growth, as learning to accept other people for who and what they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
A conventional but hugely compelling drama.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 4, 2004
An Officer and A Gentleman succeeds as both a magical love story and as a convincing portrait of one individual's passage into manhood.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 15, 2003
The evident, laudable earnesty of the performances can't disguise the overall thinness of the film.
| Original Score: 2/5
Clint Morris
September 18, 2002
Overhyped - but worthwhile
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
May 20, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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