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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: 44 out of 45
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 45
  3. Negative: 1 out of 45
  1. 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
  2. Oct 16, 2014
    I havent seen this film in full il be honest I go to college and do vehcie repair and when everyones head gets full our teacher plays parts of this film and well not one person isnt laughing its very funny its serious about war it basiclly is a must BUY AND MUST WATCH film i own it and cant wait to watch it in future Expand
  3. Mar 28, 2013
    Full 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
  4. JohnR.
    Oct 11, 2006
    Awesome movie, with a terrific opening sections at boot camp. That keeps the viewers in no matter what happens the rest of the movie. The war might have seemed a little slow at times, but it portrayed the brutality very well. Great war film, definitely recommended to watch if you have not seen it. Expand
  5. 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
  6. Jul 7, 2013
    The first half will enhance, with incredible acting from R. Lee Ermey. Only to be very slightly disappointed throughout the second, but all in all the greatest war movie ever made. 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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