One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Reviews

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May 17, 2020
As good an example as you'll ever find of socially acceptable anti-social cinema.
February 4, 2020
Forman has lost nothing of his skills since the Fireman's Ball, his last film in Czechoslovakia, and Taking Off, his first in the United States.
January 30, 2020
...a rigged narrative which feeds an instinct both for clear-eyed anarchy and for gross sentimentality. Nicholson's easy looseness helps to humanize the revolutionary motif, but nothing can redeem the film's eagerness to be a big, "haunting" poetic...
January 27, 2020
What Forman achieves with most consistent success in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest... are the group portraits -- the scenes of inmates embarking on some joint enterprise of liberating madness.
November 21, 2019
The supporting players, working as a repertory group, are so perfectly cast and so perfectly attuned as actors that it is impossible to find a false note.
July 18, 2019
It could be said that the film is Jack Nicholson, with his incredible range from humor to drama, from pure physical pain to anguish or melancholy. Everything in him is alive, transparent. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 5, 2019
A film has to be able to stand on its own legs, separate from the work that inspires it, or not at all. Cuckoo's Nest rears back and lets its lifeblood flow.
November 19, 2018
With One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Forman takes his rightful place as one of our most creative young directors. His casting is inspired, his sense of milieu is assured, and he could probably wring Academy Award performances from a stone.
April 4, 2018
A movie with its foundations missing.
July 9, 2017
Equally superb as a comedy, a drama and a social critique, the picture sports the added treat of boasting a wide variety of soon-to-be familiar faces in the supporting ranks.
April 26, 2017
The sexual politics have dated, yet conversely, Cuckoo's overlap with Michel Foucault's ideas on the construction and socio-political appropriation of madness remains potent and urgent.
April 17, 2017
It's not just Nicholson's performance that makes this film a masterpiece; it's the fact that Forman was able to prevent that performance from capsizing the whole enterprise.
April 17, 2017
Whatever you make of the counterculture sentimentalism in the film's story of a rebellious mental patient, [Nicholson's] performance is superb, a showcase both for his wolfish glints and for his more subtle abilities.
April 13, 2017
Nicholson captures all the daredevil rebel spirit of Randle P. McMurphy, a prisoner who is transferred to a state mental institution.
April 13, 2017
Watching this again, I am less inclined to regard Nurse Ratched as a simple villain, despite her vindictive humiliation of poor, shy Billy, and more like a professional who refuses to be bullied by a bunch of men.
April 13, 2017
A dark vision of the American psychiatric system which incorporates a tragic seam of comedy.
April 10, 2017
Unlike its frontman, this multi-Oscar-winning drama hasn't aged particularly well.
February 23, 2015
Nicholson explodes on the screen in a performance so flawless in timing and character perception that it should send half the stars in Hollywood back to acting school.
February 23, 2015
It was Nicholson's first Oscar win and this remains, in many ways, his signature performance.
February 3, 2014
This film is one of the classic movies of the 1970s, thanks in no small measure to the talents of director Milos Forman.
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