The Deer Hunter Reviews

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February 18, 2021
...a powerful study of American determinism on the rocks...
January 11, 2021
The Deer Hunter is a movie of bad guys and good guys, and the bad guys are not us.
September 5, 2020
The film ultimately works because of the inherent dramatics of the script, the magnificent cinematography/editing and the performances of Walken, DeNiro and Streep.
August 29, 2020
A decidedly bitter, realistic, and harrowing anti-war epic.
June 13, 2020
The depiction of Vietnam, and then the subsequent aftermath in the third act of the film, is more potent and visceral because we feel the impact of the war on an entire community, not just on the three men we follow there.
May 30, 2020
Powerfully acted by all involved (especially Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep) and infused with numerous gut-wrenching scenes.
May 26, 2020
...certainly a bit long and could use some trimming.
April 24, 2020
Totally unforgettable.
February 5, 2020
[The Deer Hunter] is the most ambitious attempt to grapple with the subject that has yet been released. Its vision -- an effort to weave the inferno of Vietnam into the homespun texture of American life -- is effectively realized and savagely gripping.
February 5, 2020
The wayward, maddening screenplay succeeds only in working up a gruesome melodramatic later -- hardly the catharsis promised by a bold treatment of the wounds of our most divisive war.
January 27, 2020
The director, Michael Cimino, on his second movie, has an incredible, prodigal gift for making movies, knowing that editing is the shape and life behind film.
December 18, 2018
To my mind, The Deer Hunter is a major achievement in American movies. And I fervently hope that the American public won't vote me wrong.
December 16, 2018
The Deer Hunter is a work of staggering scope and ambition: an epic treatise on the malignancy running through American civilian and political life in the 1970s.
October 8, 2018
While it's fair to argue that The Deer Hunter contains moments of brilliance, the film as a whole is undone by its length.
December 5, 2016
Just crazy enough to capture something of the madness of Vietnam, domesticated enough that it's mostly something concrete that you put your arms around.
October 19, 2016
Epic war drama is extremely intense and graphically violent.
February 17, 2016
The performances are unforgettable, particularly by Christopher Walken as the dreamy, masochistic, Russian-looking Nick.
March 2, 2015
The movie won five Oscars and, if anything, improves with age.
March 2, 2015
The Deer Hunter is a rich and powerful picture that without a trace of patronisation or the slightest touch of cultural superiority, speaks eloquently for the inarticulate.
March 2, 2015
It has no more moral intelligence than the Clint Eastwood action pictures, yet it's an astonishing piece of work, an uneasy mixture of violent pulp and grandiosity, with an enraptured view of common life -- poetry of the commonplace.
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