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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. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Vincent Canby
    100
    Kubrick's harrowing, beautiful and characteristically eccentric new film about Vietnam, is going to puzzle, anger and (I hope) fascinate audiences as much as any film he has made to date... A film of immense and very rare imagination.
  3. Elliptical, full of subtle inner rhymes...and profoundly moving, this is the most tightly crafted Kubrick film since "Dr. Strangelove," as well as the most horrific; the first section alone accomplishes most of what "The Shining" failed to do.
  4. In a superb cast of mostly unknowns -- with the exception of Matthew Modine and Dorain Harewood -- D'Onofrio, who put on 60 pounds for this pivotal role, and Ermey are exceptional. [26 June 1987]
  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. 30
    What happened to the Kubrick who used to slip in sly, subtle jokes and little editing tricks? This may be his worst movie. He probably believes he's numbing us by the power of his vision, but he's actually numbing us by its emptiness. [13 July 1987, p.75]

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  1. Positive: 46 out of 48
  2. Negative: 1 out of 48
  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. May 2, 2015
    10
    Full Metal Jacket is an outstanding war movie. Told in two halves, it first depicts the dehumanization of Marine recruits at Parris Island,Full Metal Jacket is an outstanding war movie. Told in two halves, it first depicts the dehumanization of Marine recruits at Parris Island, and then what happens when those Marines are sent into combat in Vietnam. Both halves are outstandingly directed and acted, and both capture elements of both war and human nature with the trademark subtlety that is what makes Stanley Kubrick one of the best filmmakers of all time. Expand
  3. MichaelD
    Jan 10, 2008
    10
    For all of those that ridicule this movies' second half. Watch it again ... and then again. When I first saw this in the theater I was For all of those that ridicule this movies' second half. Watch it again ... and then again. When I first saw this in the theater I was totally put off by the cinematography of the second half of the film. After repeated watching I think it is actually masterfully constructed. Empty. The only part of the film that still fails, in my opinion, is the section dealing with the news interviews of the soldiers. Meant to revolt us ... they simply come across as dry and excessive. So far removed from the Jungles of platoon this movies depiction of the shells of destroyed Vietnamese cities is amazing. ... Oh yeah ... and if since I have not stated it earlier I will say this ... the first half of this movie is nothing short of ingenious. Utterly amazing. There are images in that part of the movie that will never leave you ... and thats coming from a guy that saw this movie TWENTY years ago. 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. CaseyS.
    Feb 20, 2006
    9
    Full Metal Jacket can not be compared to any movie of its era. Kubrick's portrayel of the two parts of war; preparation and battle are Full Metal Jacket can not be compared to any movie of its era. Kubrick's portrayel of the two parts of war; preparation and battle are personified well. Of equal importance is the music choice chosen for the soundtrack, namely the Mickey Mouse song as the movie closes. Expand
  6. Jun 20, 2014
    9
    In Full Metal Jacket, Stanley Kubrick scrutinized roots of U.S downfall in military intervention in Vietnam by taking audiences in a two-hourIn Full Metal Jacket, Stanley Kubrick scrutinized roots of U.S downfall in military intervention in Vietnam by taking audiences in a two-hour trip separated into two distinctive parts: the first stage took place at a U.S typical training camp, where soldiers were trained to become emotionless killing machines under brutal conditions, and the second one featured the former trainees, now expert militants, fought against Vietnamese Resistance forces in Hue. Whereas the first stage explained how young men lost their humanity and succumbed to brutality, their struggle in Hue was a bit of an irony as they, in spite of superior equipment and manpower, managed to take down just one little 12-year-old-like Vietnamese female sniper only after suffering three fatal casualties. I consider this film an epic anti-war classic revealing the truth about the U.S Army behind the glamour of the fame as world's strongest combat force 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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