Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Magnificent to look at, thrilling, ingenious, spellbinding and superbly done on every level, this is not just one of the best films of the year or the decade, but of all time.
  2. 100
    One of the great films of all time. It shames modern Hollywood's timidity. To watch it is to feel yourself lifted up to the heights where the cinema can take you, but so rarely does.
  3. Episodic and uneven, but it has moments of great emotional power.
  4. 100
    The breathtaking visual and aural restoration by Coppola and Murch makes the film's original glories even more intense than you remember them.
  5. It's an occasion for welcoming a restoration that transforms a flawed movie, one that was touched by greatness, into a masterpiece.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    The film now seems both mellowed and --thanks in part to the most vibrant-looking prints in its 22-year history -- revitalized.
  7. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    100
    The best film of 2001 was made in 1979.
  8. A spruced-up version has been re-released after 22 years, and the addition of 43 minutes means the story really has room to breathe.
  9. 100
    No other movie released this year is as much of a filmgoing necessity as Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now Redux.
  10. 100
    Such gorgeous explosions, such a terrible vision, such an amazing work of art. Go. Now.
  11. 100
    No matter how many times you've seen it, you marvel at how terrifying, gorgeous and surreal the jungle, the yellow napalm and, finally, the disturbed face of Martin Sheen lying under a swirling fan appear on the large screen. This is indeed, a dream.
  12. As powerful as the movie remains and as much as I enjoyed this new cut, I have to say that the additional footage -- material that Coppola felt he had to excise 20 years ago to reach a commercial length -- has turned out to be something of a mixed blessing.
  13. 100
    To look at Apocalypse Now is to realize that most of us are fast forgetting what a movie looks like -- a real movie, the last movie, an American masterpiece.
  14. 100
    This is the untamed Apocalypse that Coppola envisioned in 1979 before money and mental pressures made him fear he had created something too long, too weird and too morally demanding for the masses.
  15. Coppola and Murch have balanced their new edit with grace notes of sweetness, elegance and eroticism, and the payoff is grand, providing both a reprieve from the multiple blitzkriegs and a break in the monotony of the cruise up the Nung.
  16. Remains a majestic explosion of pure cinema. It's a hallucinatory poem of fear, projecting, in its scale and spirit, a messianic vision of human warfare stretched to the flashpoint of technological and moral breakdown.
  17. In spite of its limited perspective on Vietnam, its churning, term-paperish exploration of Conrad and the near incoherence of its ending, (it) is a great movie. It grows richer and stranger with each viewing, and the restoration of scenes left in the cutting room two decades ago has only added to its sublimity.
  18. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    Redux is both a reminder of American cinema's last glory days and a rebuke to the timid present. Maybe Apocalypse Now wasn't the best movie of 1979, but Redux is surely the film to beat for 2001.
  19. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    A weightier, more nuanced and fulsome experience than the film the world has known up to now.
  20. Whatever thematic clarity the added footage may confer is prosaic or didactic and intrusive; this stuff hit the cutting-room floor the first time around for good reason.
  21. Better in certain ways than the original "Apocalypse Now," though the flaws are also magnified.
  22. The clear powerhouse in the new film is a scene where Kurtz, speaking with the twisted coherence of the true paranoid-schizophrenic, uses Time magazine articles and other references to justify his actions.
  23. 88
    The movie's jabbing originality is what sticks in your memory.
  24. 80
    It's a mixed blessing, in some ways even richer and more atmospheric than the original version, in others attenuated and logy.
  25. 80
    Nothing can redeem the movie's final 40 minutes. That may not be an ultimate horror, but it is a real one.
  26. The more you see of Apocalypse, the more obvious its triumphs AND mistakes.
  27. The new material makes the film seem lumpy and overstuffed.
  28. Reviewed by: Allen Barra
    60
    Though it may be a much clearer picture of the director's original intent, ultimately the new "Apocalypse Now" merely brings into focus the limits and faults of Coppola's -- and Milius' -- original concept.
  29. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    30
    Excruciatingly bad...Probably if Redux hadn't been acclaimed as a newly minted masterpiece, I wouldn't have felt so compelled to blow raspberries.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 297 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 65
  2. Negative: 2 out of 65
  1. Sep 10, 2011
    9
    Francis Coppola's haunting war movie "Apocalypse Now" presents (obviously) powerful performance from Marlon Brando and a lasting appeal. Easily one of the greatest, and possibly the darkest, war movie I have ever encountered. -REDUX VERSION-
    The movie once again throws us off the hook with chilling cinematography and realism. However, most of the added parts are trivial and have no depth in scene compared to the original scenes of "Apocalypse Now".
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  2. Nov 7, 2012
    10
    Apocalypse Now is one of the most awe-inspiring films of all time. It truly is, in every sense of the word, a masterpiece.
  3. osh
    Dec 22, 2012
    3
    Apocalypse Now was bizarre, and I didn't understand it or enjoy it. I got the feeling that it was supposed to be the skewed memories of a mentally ill soldier's experiences in the Vietnam War, and it was somewhat interesting in that light, but that aspect didn't keep me interested for the entire two-and-a-half-hour running time. It was slow, weird, and boring at parts, and at others it was too fast and saturated with ridiculous action shots. The entire thing, though, was confusing to me. Every character seemed to act so strangely with no given explanation as to why, and while this would make sense if the movie was indeed shown through the eyes of a madman (or if everyone was a madman), it was still be frustrating to watch. There were also lots of fireworks posing as rockets and gunfire, and there was a good deal of cheesy synthesizer music that didn't help the movie. I couldn't find much to actually enjoy or appreciate in Apocalypse Now. I seem to be a small minority in my opinion of this film, I do realize, but I just want to make my voice heard so new viewers don't think that this movie's supposed "universal acclaim" is actually universal. Full Review »