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Platoon Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
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.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 18, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Tony Medley
July 9, 2005
well made but dishonestly anti-American
| Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 9, 2006
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
March 12, 2002
I know that Platoon is being acclaimed for its realism, and I expect to be chastened for being a woman finding fault with a war film. But I've probably seen as much combat as most of the men saying, 'This is how war is.'
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.
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
February 5, 2007
For all the purported naturalism, the film seems resolutely schematic, and the attitudes shaping the drama are far from open-ended.
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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
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.
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.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
January 21, 2014
No sane person should want to get any closer to war than this film.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 23, 2006
... excellent ... elegiac and poetry-stuffed
Read More | Original Score: 94/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A film that says...that before you can make any vast, sweeping statements about Vietnam, you have to begin by understanding the bottom line, which is that a lot of people went over there and got killed, dead, and that is what the war meant for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
February 6, 2003
Platoon is one of those movies that, once seen, will never be forgotten, and, at least for those who were not in Vietnam, will forever alter the way in which the war is considered.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 28, 2007
Most war films adhere to a big-picture purview, explaining which battles meant what and fulfilled which strategic objectives. Stone's effort skirts all that in favor of wrapping the viewer in visceral detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Szymanski
August 21, 2003
One of the greatest war films of all time, Oliver Stone shows the intense comraderie as well as the major horrors of war. Charlie Sheen is in is greatest role ever
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
October 17, 2002
Easily one of Oliver Stone's very best films.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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