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  • Summary: Zack Mayo (Gere) joins the Navy to make a new life for himself. Along the way he gains respect from his drill instructor Sergeant Foley (Gossett Jr.) and falls in love with local girl Paula (Winger).
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
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  1. 100
    An Officer and a Gentleman is the best movie about love that I've seen in a long time.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    90
    An Officer and a Gentleman deserves a 21-gun salute, maybe 42. Rarely does a film come along with so many finely-drawn characters to care about.
  3. Undeniably, there's an element of corniness to this. But that doesn't keep An Officer and a Gentleman from being a first-rate movie - a beautifully acted, thoroughly involving romance.
  4. 80
    An awesomely, stiflingly professional piece of work, with a fleet, superficial visual style, perfectly placed climaxes, and a screenplay (by Douglas Day Stewart) that doesn't waste a single character or situation - everything is functional, and nothing but functional.
  5. From its title on down, An Officer and a Gentleman (at the Plaza) is both a thoroughly rousing crowd-pleaser and a shamelessly manipulative banner-waver, a homage to the never-practiced ethics of a non-existent era. [28 Jul 1982]
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Blowen
    50
    An Officer and a Gentleman has so many echoes that it never finds its own voice. [29 Jul 1982]
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    40
    The result is a Big Mac of a movie, junk food that somehow reaches the chortling soul.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Oct 16, 2012
    10
    Way better than I had imagined and one of the best romantic dramas I've ever had the pleasure to see. It would'nt even have been half as greatWay better than I had imagined and one of the best romantic dramas I've ever had the pleasure to see. It would'nt even have been half as great though, if it wasn't for the stellar performance by Richard Gere (along with the wonderful chemistry he has with Debra Winger). Sparks seem to be flying whenever they're together on screen. And although I knew beforehand how things would end, it's still a very interesting journey with some unpredictable sub-plots. A breath of fresh air when compared to modern-day "chick flicks", which too often are riddled with clichés and stereotypes. There are some scenes where it gets a little slow, which made it somewhat hard to rate. But with a third act so powerful and genuinely moving, I do think it's entitled itself to fours stars on the uniform. An uplifting, gripping and beautifully scored motion picture, with an ending so memorable that it'll stay with you forever. Expand
  2. Aug 22, 2013
    9
    Stunningly presented, as acted out beautifully, especially Louis Gosset Jr. as the sardonic, straightforward, and rough drill instructor.Stunningly presented, as acted out beautifully, especially Louis Gosset Jr. as the sardonic, straightforward, and rough drill instructor. Richard Gere also proves capable as well as Debra Winger. Expand
  3. Apr 23, 2011
    3
    This movie is so unimportant it flies over your head without significant impact. The movie has a layer of moral tone and is resembles a dream factory.

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