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Jacob's Ladder

(2004)
R In Theaters 09/12/2004 , 116min.
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62%
Critic score based on 20 reviews

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Washington Post
True to his resume, director Lyne produces a frenetic battery of visceral images, ominous music and that ol' faithful standby, the eerie background chorus. To give Lyne his relentless due, this does make for some heart-thumping moments. But it also causes Ladder to fall ultimately flat on its surrealistic face, the victim of too many fake-art sequences. Full Review
Desson Howe
Washington Post
True to his resume, director Lyne produces a frenetic battery of visceral images, ominous music and that ol' faithful standby, the eerie background chorus. To give Lyne his relentless due, this does make for some heart-thumping moments. But it also causes Ladder to fall ultimately flat on its surrealistic face, the victim of too many fake-art sequences. Full Review
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
Here, Lyne indulges more in misdirection than in direction; he's a magician turning a sleazy trick. But even his technical skill breaks down. The picture is garbled and cliched. Full Review
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
I wouldn't go so far as to classify Jacob's Ladder as a masterpiece, but it is smart and compelling and unquestionably worth a first or second look. Full Review
Janet Maslin
The New York Times
The ending of Jacob's Ladder, when it finally arrives, is, like much of the film, both quaint and devastating. Full Review

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