The Deer Hunter Reviews

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.
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.
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.
March 2, 2015
The movie won five Oscars and, if anything, improves with age.
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.
February 18, 2015
In trying to measure the devastating impact of Vietnam on the lives of three American soldiers, Cimino brings home the true horror of that senseless conflict in a way that the 6 O'Clock News never could.
July 31, 2014
The idea of sacrifice permeates everything, along with the cruelty and horror. This is Cimino's masterpiece.
July 31, 2014
Heart-on-sleeve stuff that works despite some of its more egregious impulses.
July 31, 2014
The Deer Hunter, Hollywood's first epic venture into the vexed territory of the Vietnam war, is a film of lacerating and astonishing brilliance.
February 6, 2013
Is it as good as its advance word and nine Academy Award nominations suggest? Yes.
February 20, 2009
This excruciatingly violent, three-hour Viet Nam saga demolishes the moral and ideological cliches of an era: it shoves the audience into hell and leaves it stranded without a map.
February 20, 2008
The film is ambitious and it succeeds on a number of levels and it proves that Cimino is an important director who deserves to be watched carefully.
December 13, 2006
A disgusting account of what the evil Vietnamese did to poor, innocent Americans stands at the center of this Oscar-laden weepie about macho buddies from a small industrial town.
January 26, 2006
This is probably one of the few great films of the Seventies.
October 23, 2004
It is a heartbreakingly effective fictional machine that evokes the agony of the Vietnam time.
September 9, 2004
August 4, 2004
A simultaneuosly touching and harrowing experience that puts the audience directly in the shoes of one man's experience of Vietnam.
October 19, 2003
Draggy and devastating by turns
October 1, 2003
An emotionally devastating meditation on war, masculinity, and the human psyche.
May 20, 2003
Its feelings for time, place and blue-collar people are genuine, and its vision is that of an original, major new film maker.