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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 13, 2017
Nicholson captures all the daredevil rebel spirit of Randle P. McMurphy, a prisoner who is transferred to a state mental institution.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 13, 2017
A dark vision of the American psychiatric system which incorporates a tragic seam of comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 10, 2017
Unlike its frontman, this multi-Oscar-winning drama hasn't aged particularly well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 23, 2015
It was Nicholson's first Oscar win and this remains, in many ways, his signature performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 19, 2014
The movie is both timeless and indicative of its own era, a period of anti-establishment movements.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 12, 2013
Cast, direction, score, look -- perfect, perfect, perfect, perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 12, 2013
I enjoyed the picture because it is an action romance, worked out in wonderfully inventive detail and presented with mesmeric immediacy by one of the screen's most resourceful directors.
October 7, 2010
Nicholson gets to use all the colors on his palette, from quiet, troubled contemplation to the disturbingly truthful, live-wire jesting with which he has become best associated. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 27, 2010
A marvel of contemporary filmmaking...
September 16, 2010
It's mostly Nicholson that makes the film work, with his fun, but very intelligent, canny turn.
September 9, 2010
There's a lot here. But with a classic like Cuckoo's Nest, too much is never enough.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 6, 2010
A great cast, great screenplay and great performance makes One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest an enjoyable and thought provoking movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 15, 2010
A rare screen adaptation of a beloved novel that maintains the emotional and dramatic power of the original while establishing its own distinctive approach to the story...
August 5, 2009
The genius of the film is that you never feel you're being preached at, but rather being allowed a fly-on-the-wall view of a systematic crushing of humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
February 20, 2009
One Flew over the Cuckoo 's Nest is an earnest attempt to make a serious film. But in the end the movie backs away from both the human reality and the cloudy but potent symbolism that Ken Kesey found in the asylum.
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