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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.]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    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
    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)
    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
    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: 43 out of 44
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 44
  3. Negative: 1 out of 44
  1. Nov 15, 2012
    Some may complain Kubrick's study of Vietnam is scattershot and tries to do too much for its run time. That's not its flaw, but its style. The climax is around 35-40 minutes in, which is delightfully unusual. This isn't a Hollywood war epic, but a graphic study of the haunted and tortured soldiers of Vietnam. Expand
  2. May 29, 2013
    FMJ is one of my all time favorite movies by one of my favorite directors. This movies is just another staple in SK's more than impressive film career. Unlike Band of Brothers or Saving Private Ryan, FMJ takes a look into a soldiers psycie. It shows us how these guys actually went through hell to become Marines and how they are put under so much stress and pressure. Its more about their journey into the war than the war itself and that's what makes this movie stand out. Just an incredible film that is sure to be a classic if it isnt already. Expand
  3. Sep 26, 2011
    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, an excellent psychological movie that show you other side of the war stories Expand
  4. Aug 13, 2014
    This is the best war movie(with Saving Private Ryan) i have ever seen.Hilarious dialogues in the beginning and great action scenes in the end.Add an awesome cast and good music/songs and you have Full metal jacket. Expand
  5. Jul 12, 2014
    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 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
  6. Nov 28, 2012
    "Full Metal Jacket" represents everything Kubrick was a master at; crafting a visually striking, thematically challenging piece of cinema with some intensely complex characters within its heart. Expand
  7. Dec 25, 2013
    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 brutal the war in Vietnam was, it does not reach its cause in any way. Expand

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