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Platoon Reviews

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
February 22, 2015
Stone's strongest suit, however, isn't so much realism as it is his way of blending immediacy and insight.
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
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
February 19, 2013
This is movie-making with a zealot's fervor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
February 24, 2010
Platoon is different. It matters.
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 5, 2007
For all the purported naturalism, the film seems resolutely schematic, and the attitudes shaping the drama are far from open-ended.
June 24, 2006
Stone's eye-blistering images possess an awesome power, which sets the senses reeling and leaves the mind disturbed.
May 20, 2003
Possibly the best work of any kind about the Vietnam War since Michael Herr's vigorous and hallucinatory book Dispatches.
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
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.'
January 1, 2000
The movie is beautifully written (by Stone), constructed with strong, clean lines, immaculately paced and regularly surprising.
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
January 1, 2000
Platoon is like the Wall -- a dark and unforgettable memorial to the dead of Vietnam and an awesome requiem to the eternity of war.
January 1, 2000
...it's still the standard against which all other movies about the Vietnam War are judged.