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The Deer Hunter

(1978)
R In Theaters 12/8/1978 , 183min.
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Viewer Score
96%
Viewer score based on 5 ratings
73%
Critic score based on 7 reviews

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Variety
Among the considerable achievements of Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter is the fact that the film remains intense, powerful and fascinating for more than three hours. Full Review
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
What distinguishes The Deer Hunter most is its many rich characters and the size of its vision. This is a big film, dealing with big issues, made on a grand scale. Much of it, including some casting decisions, suggest inspiration by "The Godfather." [9 Mar 1979] Full Review
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
While the results are far from unprofessional--the cast is uniformly good, including a characteristically slapped-around Meryl Streep...The male self-pity is so overwhelming that you'll probably stagger out of this mumbling something about Tolstoy (as many critics did when the film first came out in 1978) if you aren't as nauseated as I was. Full Review
Luke Y. Thompson
Dallas Observer
Overlong, but with moments of greatness. Full Review
Pauline Kael
The New Yorker
A romantic adolescent boy’s view of friendship. Full Review

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