Platoon Reviews

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 22, 2015
This film is an act of courage. Stone, the gutsy writer-director, records in a devastating barrage of images the relentless horror and the senseless carnage experienced by far too many Americans in Vietnam.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
February 22, 2015
Stone's strongest suit, however, isn't so much realism as it is his way of blending immediacy and insight.
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
February 24, 2014
Platoon is not the definitive Vietnam statement that Stone may have intended, or that others are already claiming it to be. But it is a powerful document about that sad war, and a riveting piece of moviemaking.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
February 24, 2014
There are images in Platoon so powerful that they seem, rather than simply imprinted on celluloid, to have been burned into memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
February 24, 2014
The utter chaos of war in Vietnam is brilliantly portrayed. No one can deny this film the power of its images and the weight of all-pervasive terror it creates.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 24, 2014
Precisely because Stone forces you to experience a grunt's tunnel vision and rage, Platoon is a film of inspiring empathy and awesome force. Curiously, that same tunnelvision in the end compromises Platoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
February 24, 2014
This is a modern classic and a personal exorcism for its director.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
February 24, 2014
Oliver Stone tries ambitiously to capture the full horror and frenzy of combat in Southeast Asia, but his technical skill outstrips his insight.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
January 21, 2014
No sane person should want to get any closer to war than this film.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 2, 2013
One of the best Vietnam films out there. And this is coming from a person who thinks that modern-day filmmaker Oliver Stone is a big, fat windbag.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
February 19, 2013
This is movie-making with a zealot's fervor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
February 19, 2013
Platoon is filled with one fine performance after another, and one can only wish that every person who saw the cartoonish war fantasy that was Rambo would buy a ticket to Platoon and bear witness to something closer to the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Total Film
February 16, 2013
The grisly reality is brought to life by Stone's dialogue and emotion-charged combat scenes, raising thought-provoking questions of morality in this still-resonant classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Terrence Rafferty
The Nation
January 14, 2013
Vietnam seems to have made [Stone] a better filmmaker -- his next movies should tell us whether, in the best war-movie tradition, it's also made a man out of him.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
May 4, 2012
Stone, who's known for his excess, offers a few voiceover lines that border on the cheesy, but other than that it's a pretty straightforward realistic tour of duty. And that's what makes it so powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 6, 2011
Remains an intriguing blend of the political and the personal, with Stone turning his memories and his opinions about Vietnam into potent drama. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
May 31, 2011
No war movie is truly an anti-war movie, but PLATOON comes close, and it's still as powerful as it was decades ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
February 24, 2010
Platoon is different. It matters.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 20, 2009
The artistic veneer Stone applies, along with the simpy narration provided for Sheen in the way of letters to his grandmother, detract significantly from the work's immediacy.
February 20, 2009
The first and best of Stone's Vietnam trilogy, it's also one of his finest pieces of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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