Critics Consensus

A great cast and the gritty feel of the film help elevate Tigerland above the familiarity of the subject matter.



Total Count: 46


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A young man tries to fight the military system only to find it fighting back in unexpected ways in this hard-edged drama. In 1971, Roland Bozz (Colin Farrell) is a draftee who has been sent to the Advanced Infantry Training Facility in Fort Polk, LA, where with hundreds of other new soldiers he's to be taught a final course in combat skills before being shipped out to Vietnam. Bozz has no interest in going to war, and is determined to get sent home as a troublemaker. But his plan backfires; his superiors regard his insubordination as a sign of intelligence and independent thinking, and he's told he might some day become an officer. Bozz and his fellow soldiers -- aspiring writer Paxton (Matthew Davis), sensitive Miter (Clifton Collins Jr.), philosophical Cantwell (Thomas Guiry), bloodthirsty Wilson (Shea Whigham), and heroic Johnson (Russell Richardson) -- are taught how to survive as they face their fears of death and wonder if they can somehow escape going to war. Tigerland was directed by Joel Schumacher; in a change of pace from his best-known work (Falling Down, Batman Forever, and Batman and Robin), the film was made on a relatively low budget (under $10 million), was written by first-time screenwriters Ross Klavan and Michael McGruther, and features a cast of young, little-known actors. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Tom Guiry
as Cantwell
Nick Searcy
as Captain Saunders
Afemo Omilami
as Sergeant Landers
James MacDonald
as Sergeant Thomas
Keith Ewell
as Sergeant Oaks
Matt Gerald
as Sergeant Eveland
Stephen Fulton
as Sergeant Drake
Tyler Cravens
as Sergeant MP
Michael Edmiston
as Hit the Break Driver
Haven Gaston
as Claudia
Michael Shannon
as Training Sergeant Filmore
Roger Floyd
as Killed Truck Driver
Ronnie Schafer
as Bartender
Matt White
as Sniffling Soldier
Christy McKee
as Hooker No. 1
Daniel Martin
as Range Officer
Marc MacCulay
as Tigerland CO
Cole Hauser
as Sergeant Cota aka NCO
as Girl with Bandana
Jack Newman
as Sergeant Gordon
Gerald Jackson, Jr.
as New Orleans Drag Queen
Karolyn Arnold
as Hooker No. 2
Jeff Hephner
as McManus
Drew Gardner
as Drunk Nixon
Dennis Benatar
as Gate to Tigerland Sergeant
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Critic Reviews for Tigerland

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (11)

  • This take on Vietnam War doesn't break new thematic ground but it's Schumacher's best film since the 1993 Falling Down, and it showcases the talents of newcomer Colin Farrell, who has everything that it takes to become a major Hollywood star

    Jan 4, 2007 | Rating: B+

    Emanuel Levy

    Top Critic
  • Stylistically this is more interesting and more affected than Schumacher's Flawless. Either way, it's a big improvement on his past tendentious nonsense.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Even when the script overtaxes the allegory about how Vietnam divided a nation at home, Schumacher and the actors prevail by fixing their sights on what happens to men on that last stop before the game of war becomes a grim reality.

    Jun 4, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Despite his usual ability to spend more time on set design than he does on actors, Schumacher handles the more intimate setting with great skill.

    May 7, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ben Falk

    Top Critic
  • For those who don't mind being challenged, however, and are curious to see why Farrell is being touted as the next big thing, Tigerland has its rewards.

    Feb 26, 2001 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Tigerland lands squarely in the top tier of best movies about America's Vietnam experience.

    Feb 19, 2001

Audience Reviews for Tigerland

  • Sep 14, 2011
    Full Review Coming Soon!
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2011
    Man, I was expecting this to be terrible, seeing as it's a Joel Schumacher film. Well, okay, I've only seen one other Joel Schumacher film, but it was "The Number 23". Of course, I did find that movie to be quite underrated... Yeah, I guess I'm not the best guy to listen to when it comes to Joel Schumacher films. Of course, this has been praised as one of his best and while that isn't saying a lot, it's still a pretty solid production. Still, it's not in the least above the rule that "Just About All Films Have Flaws". The film suffers from a lack of development, cliches and some slow spots. Another problem with the film is that it doesn't do anything terribly refreshing with its subject matter. Still, through all of its flaws, the film remains charming, when not impacting and gritty, being carried by good performances on and off the screen. Before we discuss that, let's discuss the strengths, which includes reasonably fair good dialogue, fine production designs, fairly effective humor and a solid final act. As for Shumacher's direction, he really conveys the grit of the film. However, when it turns into fun and games, he makes the transition smooth. For this, we also have to thank the actors, who do an excellent job working with the dramatic portions of the film and lead the more amusing points with charisma. Man, my reviews are so redundant that it's depressing. Before I go cry about that, allow me to that "Tigerland" - though nothing terribly offbeat - remains a gritty, moving and charming film carried by solid performances from its cast and director Joel Schumacher.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2011
    great character study and film by joel schumacher who has had a very hit & miss career. its not action packed but it showcases colin farrell before he was famous.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2009
    The system wanted them to become soldiers. One soldier just wanted to be human.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer

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