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  • Summary: The story of an 18-year-old marine recruit named Private Joker - from his carnage-and-machismo boot camp to his climactic involvement in the heavy fighting in Hue during the 1968 Tet Offensive. [Warner Bros.]
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    100
    As brutally unsparing as "Platoon" was, it was ultimately warm and embracing. Kubrick's film is about as embracing as a full-metal-jacketed bullet in the gut. [29 June 1987]
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    A contender for the year's best film.
  3. May be the best war movie ever made...Different is Kubrick's artistry and control, and his almost perverse, but philosophically progressive, refusal to impart to chaos a coherent narrative contour.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    90
    An intense, schematic, superbly made Vietnam War drama.
  5. 88
    The film has undeniable power, but it's an unusual and unsettling power, a product of a collision between red-hot material and the cool serenity with which Kubrick observes and accepts it. [26 June 1987]
  6. Reviewed by: Judy Stone
    75
    The concluding image of men silhouetted against the dying flares of explosives, as they march to the raucous refrain of the Mickey Mouse Club theme, is masterly, but leaves a viewer curiously discomfited. Whereas "Platoon" shattered civilian complacency about that war, Full Metal Jacket is merely numbing. [26 June 1987]
  7. After years of preparation in the hands of a man celebrated for his penetration and style, the picture adds almost nothing to our knowledge of its subject and adds it in a manner almost devoid of visual distinction. [27 July 1987]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 46
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 46
  3. Negative: 1 out of 46
  1. Sep 26, 2011
    10
    Is not only about of what does a soldier lives on the battle field is also all the process it take to become a man a killing machine, anIs not only about of what does a soldier lives on the battle field is also all the process it take to become a man a killing machine, an excellent psychological movie that show you other side of the war stories Expand
  2. Nov 22, 2014
    10
    Full Metal Jacket is one of Stanley Kubrick's best. After seeing enough of his movies, I could say it was the average Stanley Kubrick movie,Full Metal Jacket is one of Stanley Kubrick's best. After seeing enough of his movies, I could say it was the average Stanley Kubrick movie, because most of them are phenomenal. Expand
  3. JakeV.B.
    Aug 7, 2006
    10
    I just finished reading a book on Kubrick. The chapter on FMJ was interesting in pointing out certain scenes where I missed some or most of I just finished reading a book on Kubrick. The chapter on FMJ was interesting in pointing out certain scenes where I missed some or most of Kubrick's point. In the prostittue/theater scene, I realized that only in the widescreen version of the film could you see certain background visuals. At present FMJ is available in letterboxed format from Warner Bros. only in HD DVD, which is where the DVD technology is headed. They (Congress is included in "they.") want us to start all over again in both the player and disc. It's really unfair. The picture is much better, but, using FMJ as an example, I've bought it in VHS, then DVD, then again in 5.1 SS DVD, and would buy it again in letterboxed format, but switching to a new DVD format is asking too much. Apparently, we're missing a good bit in this modified version of the film. I've emailed WB's site, pleading for a widescreen release in the present DVD format and maybe they would if enough people showed an interest. This excellent, very intelligent and challenging film deserves release in its proper format without having to buy a $1,000.00 DVD player. Among comtemporary filmmakers, Kubrick was without peers and I would rank him above Welles, though I'm sure this comment will cause many film buffs to go ape. Expand
  4. Mar 28, 2013
    10
    Full Metal Jacket is unlike any war movie ever made. It's has its exciting war moments and tremendous acting, especially Vincent D'Onofrio andFull Metal Jacket is unlike any war movie ever made. It's has its exciting war moments and tremendous acting, especially Vincent D'Onofrio and R. Lee Ermey. Plus, it's surprisingly funny, which actually works with the story. In my opinion, out of all of Stanly Kubrick's films, this one is truly his best. Even though he's made some classics like "A Clockwork Orange", "2001" and "Dr. Strangelove", this one really sticks out. Overall, it's a classic war movie that has a little bit of everything. Expand
  5. Samtam90
    Apr 19, 2007
    9
    The first half of the movie is Kubrick's masterwork, not even the sheer brilliance of Shining and A Clockwork Orange can come close to The first half of the movie is Kubrick's masterwork, not even the sheer brilliance of Shining and A Clockwork Orange can come close to it. The second half, unfortunately, can't even remotely compete, as i find it too slow and some of the scenes are too much detached from the main plot. So, i give a full 10 for the first part and an 8 for the second (i'd like to remember the GREAT ending). Expand
  6. Jul 12, 2014
    8
    A very brutal film, but what war film is not brutal? Though, this one is certainly brutal in many different ways as it did a great jobA very brutal film, but what war film is not brutal? Though, this one is certainly brutal in many different ways as it did a great job developing its characters. Many war films go for action rather than character development, but here, we got a bit of both and really became connected to the soldiers. This connection made the events here all the more tragic and hard to watch. The acting here is great, especially from R. Lee Ermey, who really steals the show. Stanley Kubrick's direction is fabolous as expected as well. The first half here is also far superior to the second half, in large part thanks to Ermey, but really, all of the events in the first half are much better presented than the second half, which at times, can be a little odd in the way things occur. But, the second half is still quite good, even if a little bit of a drop off from the perfect first half. Overall, Full Metal Jacket is a very good film that presents the trauma faced by soldiers in war very well and while no war film is completely unique, this one takes familiar elements and improves upon them. Expand
  7. Dec 25, 2013
    0
    A film that does not contain any true emotions, good acting, or any humanity in itself. Even though the very point of it is to show how brutalA film that does not contain any true emotions, good acting, or any humanity in itself. Even though the very point of it is to show how brutal the war in Vietnam was, it does not reach its cause in any way. Expand

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