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Universal acclaim- based on 278 Ratings

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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. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    100
    The best film of 2001 was made in 1979.
  3. 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.
  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. Better in certain ways than the original "Apocalypse Now," though the flaws are also magnified.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 63
  2. Negative: 2 out of 63
  1. IainF
    Feb 26, 2009
    10
    Best film ever made. Simple as that. The effect it has on your emotions, one minute you're smiling and laughing along, then it will suddenly skip to silence, and death, and horror... The horror. You can't miss this one. Expand
  2. Dec 1, 2013
    10
    The french dinner sequence is my favorite scene from any movie ever. It's a shame it wasn't in the original cut, otherwise these blowhards who saw the older version wouldn't try to reject such a meaningful scene. Expand
  3. AndyK.
    Jan 20, 2007
    10
    Reminds us that cinema can truly be literary. A masterwork made much better!
  4. Jan 12, 2011
    10
    My personal favorite film of all time. It changed the way I view film, art, and even life. The acting is flawless, it has the most beautiful cinematography in the history of film, the messages are powerful and haunting. It stays with you the rest of your life. Which is something not many films can claim. Expand
  5. JordanD.
    Jan 12, 2004
    9
    I loved this movie and recommend it to many from young-adult to adult. I enjoy Apocalypse now and it is one of my all time favorite movies
  6. Feb 8, 2014
    9
    Being unique is not always a positive attribute for a film, but with Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola’s devastating portrayal of the Vietnam War, it most certainly is. At least in my opinion however, the two-and-a-half-hour-long depiction of war’s atrocities is not that great when regarded simply as a film; it’s much more a work of art, drastically showcasing the futility of this notorious bloodshed, resulting in millions of casualties over its duration of almost 20 years. Apocalypse Now fuels hatred and incomprehension for these happenings in the audience and makes a major pacifistic statement through the metaphorical journey of one man. But apart from the stunning cinematography, the 1979 epic lacks some cinematic traits to make it a thoroughly thrilling and rewatchable experience and can thus not get a top rating from me when regarded as a film. Expand
  7. JoeK.
    Feb 28, 2006
    0
    The original was a classic. Flawed, but still a classic. This new version adds 49 minutes that's virtually worthless, not to mention tedious - a French plantation sequence seems to go on forever while adding little to the picture. Rent it and watch it ONCE, but don't count on loving this version more than the original. Expand

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