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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: 40 out of 41
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 41
  3. Negative: 1 out of 41
  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. 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
  3. Aug 19, 2010
    This is an absolute classic that captures the "old style" marine corp with Kubrick's unique manner of weaving in interesting characters and interactions. Every minute is a brick of intriguing elements that builds a solid house of entertainment. Excellent guy movie. Expand
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Dec 31, 2013
    Full Metal Jacket is an interesting war film from Stanley Kubrick. It goes through the usual "war is hell" scenarios and includes some commentary about bullying within the military. It is, however, heavy handed with it's messaging. Sometimes the acting and direction can be over the top, too. Slow-mo kill shots? That helicopter gunner ("come get some") who obviously cannot act to save his life? There are certainly enough faults here to restrain Full Metal Jacket from being an outright classic. 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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