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Based on 40 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Even when the script slips into sermonizing -- a Swoff voice-over informs us that we're all still "in the desert" -- Mendes keeps invading us with emotions. The jolt of Jarhead is undeniable, and it comes when you least expect it. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A harsh and thoroughly unromantic examination of the scarring effects of war. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    What we're left with is solid if not exceptional, though it's good to see Mendes expanding as a filmmaker. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    An exercise in inertia about an exercise in futility. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    They're all dressed up to kill, with no place to go. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The movie has some of the washed-out look of David O. Russell's excellent "Three Kings," but none of the edge. That's part of the point - that nothing leads to anything, at least not in this particular war. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Jarhead refuses to engage in its own point of view toward events it depicts. So the film feels empty and tentative, uncertain of what if anything these events add up to. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It is not often that a movie catches exactly what it was like to be this person in this place at this time, but Jarhead does. show more

  • 88
    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. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    It's a unique vision of war from the point of view of a Marine who never pulled a trigger against a foe. show more

  • August 09, 2010 Sraiden8
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    great movie but for some may be hard to watch

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