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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Reviews

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
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
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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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James Berardinelli
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
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A.D. Murphy
February 19, 2008
Jack Nicholson stars in an outstanding characterization of Ken Kesey's asylum anti-hero, McMurphy, and Milos Forman's direction of a superbly-cast film is equally meritorious.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2006
Jack Nicholson plays McMurphy as if he were born to it, and the supporting cast provides fine, detailed performances.
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Chris Petit
Time Out
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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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