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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Reviews

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October 15, 2003
If the film is meant to be a serious criticism of mental homes it should be more obviously serious than it is. There are other subjects where comedy cannot say more than straight drama, and this is one of them.
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.
May 20, 2003
Even granting the artist his license, America is much too big and various to be satisfactorily reduced to the dimensions of one mental ward in a movie like this.
April 13, 2017
A dark vision of the American psychiatric system which incorporates a tragic seam of comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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 11, 2006
Set in an insane asylum, the film involves the oppression of the individual, a struggle spearheaded by an ebullient Nicholson, turning in a star performance if ever there was one.
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.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 25, 2003
Is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest not a great film because it is manipulative, or is it great because it is so superbly manipulative? I can see it through either filter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 4, 2008
Viewed 30 years after its release, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest remains a very good motion picture, although one that perhaps just misses the pinnacle of greatness where its reputation suggests it resides.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
November 11, 2005
A rousing, rock-the-boat feel pulses throughout the film, overpowering its weaknesses.
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
October 8, 2002
This superlative 2-disc set ranks among my favorite DVDs of 2002, and I absolutely recommend it as a purchase.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
April 10, 2017
Unlike its frontman, this multi-Oscar-winning drama hasn't aged particularly well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
Along with It Happened One Night and The Silence of the Lambs, these are the only three films to win all four major Oscars (actor, actress, director, picture). It's still the only film to deserve it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 10, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
March 5, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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