Full Metal Jacket

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May 13, 2016

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6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 359 Ratings

  • Starring: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio
  • Summary: The story of an 18-year-old marine recruit named Private Joker - from his carnage-and-machismo boot camp to his climactic involvement in the heavy fighting in Hue during the 1968 Tet Offensive. [Warner Bros.]

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  1. Mixed: 0 out of 18

  1. 100

    May be the best war movie ever made...Different is Kubrick's artistry and control, and his almost perverse, but philosophically progressive, refusal to impart to chaos a coherent narrative contour.

  2. 100

    Kubrick's harrowing, beautiful and characteristically eccentric new film about Vietnam, is going to puzzle, anger and (I hope) fascinate audiences as much as any film he has made to date... A film of immense and very rare imagination.

  3. 100

    Elliptical, full of subtle inner rhymes...and profoundly moving, this is the most tightly crafted Kubrick film since "Dr. Strangelove," as well as the most horrific; the first section alone accomplishes most of what "The Shining" failed to do.

  4. Los Angeles Times

    Reviewed by: Sheila Benson

    In a superb cast of mostly unknowns -- with the exception of Matthew Modine and Dorain Harewood -- D'Onofrio, who put on 60 pounds for this pivotal role, and Ermey are exceptional. [26 June 1987]

  5. Chicago Tribune

    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr

    The film has undeniable power, but it's an unusual and unsettling power, a product of a collision between red-hot material and the cool serenity with which Kubrick observes and accepts it. [26 June 1987]

  6. San Francisco Chronicle

    Reviewed by: Judy Stone

    The concluding image of men silhouetted against the dying flares of explosives, as they march to the raucous refrain of the Mickey Mouse Club theme, is masterly, but leaves a viewer curiously discomfited. Whereas "Platoon" shattered civilian complacency about that war, Full Metal Jacket is merely numbing. [26 June 1987]

  7. The New Yorker

    Reviewed by: Pauline Kael

    What happened to the Kubrick who used to slip in sly, subtle jokes and little editing tricks? This may be his worst movie. He probably believes he's numbing us by the power of his vision, but he's actually numbing us by its emptiness. [13 July 1987, p.75]

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  1. Is not only about of what does a soldier lives on the battle field is also all the process it take to become a man a killing machine, anIs not only about of what does a soldier lives on the battle field is also all the process it take to become a man a killing machine, an excellent psychological movie that show you other side of the war stories Expand
  2. I havent seen this film in full il be honest I go to college and do vehcie repair and when everyones head gets full our teacher plays parts ofI havent seen this film in full il be honest I go to college and do vehcie repair and when everyones head gets full our teacher plays parts of this film and well not one person isnt laughing its very funny its serious about war it basiclly is a must BUY AND MUST WATCH film i own it and cant wait to watch it in future Expand
  3. Some may complain Kubrick's study of Vietnam is scattershot and tries to do too much for its run time. That's not its flaw, but its style. TheSome may complain Kubrick's study of Vietnam is scattershot and tries to do too much for its run time. That's not its flaw, but its style. The climax is around 35-40 minutes in, which is delightfully unusual. This isn't a Hollywood war epic, but a graphic study of the haunted and tortured soldiers of Vietnam. Expand
  4. JohnR.

    Oct 11, 2006

    Awesome movie, with a terrific opening sections at boot camp. That keeps the viewers in no matter what happens the rest of the movie. The war Awesome movie, with a terrific opening sections at boot camp. That keeps the viewers in no matter what happens the rest of the movie. The war might have seemed a little slow at times, but it portrayed the brutality very well. Great war film, definitely recommended to watch if you have not seen it. Expand
  5. This is the best war movie(with Saving Private Ryan) i have ever seen.Hilarious dialogues in the beginning and great action scenes in theThis is the best war movie(with Saving Private Ryan) i have ever seen.Hilarious dialogues in the beginning and great action scenes in the end.Add an awesome cast and good music/songs and you have Full metal jacket. Expand
  6. "Full Metal Jacket" represents everything Kubrick was a master at; crafting a visually striking, thematically challenging piece of cinema with"Full Metal Jacket" represents everything Kubrick was a master at; crafting a visually striking, thematically challenging piece of cinema with some intensely complex characters within its heart. Expand
  7. A film that does not contain any true emotions, good acting, or any humanity in itself. Even though the very point of it is to show how brutalA film that does not contain any true emotions, good acting, or any humanity in itself. Even though the very point of it is to show how brutal the war in Vietnam was, it does not reach its cause in any way. Expand

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