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78
Based on 18 Reviews
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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    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] show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A contender for the year's best film. show more

  • 30
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    By most standards of conventional film narrative, this movie is a mess. [25 June, 1987, p.22(E)] show more

  • 100
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    What makes the film stunning is less its metaphorical scheme than its cinematic style. Always a matter of flowing camera movement, Kubrick has photographed much of the action with long "traveling shots" that capture time and space as a seamless whole, not fractured into the bits and pieces of standard editing techniques. [26 June 1987] show more

  • 88
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    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] show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The footage on the Paris Island obstacle course is powerful. But Full Metal Jacket is uncertain where to go, and the movie's climax, which Kubrick obviously intends to be a mighty moral revelation, seems phoned in from earlier war pictures. show more

  • 80
    TV Guide

    A perversely fascinating movie--one that answers no questions, offers no hope and has little meaning. In a way this is perfect for what the film has to say about war, but you find yourself numbed and apathetic as the film progresses. show more

  • 100
    The New York Times

    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. show more

  • 100
    Newsweek

    As brutally unsparing as "Platoon" was, it was ultimately warm and embracing. Kubrick's film is about as embracing as a full-metal-jacketed bullet in the gut. [29 June 1987] show more

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