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Jarhead: with Open Captions

Rated R for pervasive language, some violent images and strong sexual content.

R In Theaters 11/4/2005 , 115min.
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Dana Stevens
The New York Times
Mr. Swofford's book has earned a place alongside the classics of military literature, but Mr. Mendes's film is more like a footnote - a minor movie about a minor war, and a film that feels, at the moment, remarkably irrelevant. Full Review
David Edelstein
Slate
"Three Kings" is fictional, obviously, and Mendes and Broyles were bound by the facts of Swofford's life. But the violence in "Three Kings" was visceral, whereas Jarhead's never penetrates the blood-brain barrier. It's locked away in its narrator's jarhead. Full Review
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Jarhead is about how the experience of being in the military fundamentally changes an individual. In this case, the focus isn't about the madness of slaughter in the jungle, but the madness of inaction in the desert. Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
An exercise in inertia about an exercise in futility. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
As much as we intellectually admire Jarhead, it's a cold film that only sporadically makes the kind of emotional connection it's after. Full Review

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