G.I. Jane

Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    90
    Watching Moore battle the heavy odds may be formulaic fun, but it's genuine fun, and the formula is classic.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    A very entertaining get-tough fantasy with political and feminist underpinnings.
  3. 88
    The training sequences are as they have to be: incredible rigors, survived by O'Neil. They are good cinema because Ridley Scott, the director, brings a documentary attention to them, and because Demi Moore, having bitten off a great deal here, proves she can chew it.
  4. 88
    Down in the mud with the guys, Moore finds the heart of her character and a career beyond vanity and hype. She's never looked better.
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    Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    What he (Scott) does superbly is establish a raw, compelling reality that transcends his movie's banal premises and predictable conclusion. That permits Moore to play, and us to feel, authentic pain, isola- tion and courage--shocking stuff to find in an action movie these days. [25 August 1997, p. 72]
  6. With a strongly visual director, Ridley Scott ("Blade Runner," "Alien", the film really shows what's involved at this level of combat training.
  7. Director Scott, flashy, fluid and at his best in the steely-blue claustrophic battle-training scenes, immerses the viewer in the process.
  8. 70
    Guts-and-green-beret saga.
  9. Reviewed by: Sarah Kerr
    70
    People who dismiss Moore and G.I. Jane out of hand are wrong, because she makes a memorably tough heroine and the movie is solid fun, even, in places, quite intelligent.
  10. Mr. Scott's affinity for the visceral and strenuous, from ''Alien'' to ''Blade Runner'' to ''White Squall,'' is much more central here than the renegade feminism of his ''Thelma and Louise.'' With punishing intensity, he plunges his audience into the maelstrom of the training program.
  11. Were women put on earth to be warriors? Demi Moore certainly was. The role of Jordan fits her as snugly as a new layer of muscle.
  12. 63
    It's the kind of high energy, fast-paced film where you can guiltlessly root for the heroine to persevere -- but that's all it succeeds at.
  13. The most refreshing performance is by Mortensen.
  14. 60
    This hot-button picture isn't especially well thought-out, but it might be crafty and manipulative enough to rile up audiences.
  15. Bancroft and Mortensen take home the acting awards -- the pleasure they take in what they're doing really makes the film come alive.
  16. 50
    As a vehicle for Moore's acting abilities (and Mortensen's, for that matter), G.I. Jane is terrific. But as the end-of-summer blockbuster it's doubtless intended to be, it's pretty much a washout.
  17. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    50
    Well-intentioned even as it surrenders to commercialism, G.I. Jane comes on like the ultimate battle of the sexes. But it ends up being an unfulfilling exercise in pseudo-feminism. [22 August 1997, p. 7D]
  18. 40
    If you're looking for a film that addresses a woman's place in a combat unit, keep waiting. If you want a film where a woman can get big muscles and shoot guns and have her husband still love her, here you are.
  19. 40
    G.I. Jane is liberated, all right--from good acting and a good story.
  20. Reviewed by: Deborah Brown
    40
    In spite of a catalogue of downsides, including clunky dialogue, fuzzy morals and preposterous story lines, G.I. Jane does offer a perverse level of enjoyment.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. May 16, 2016
    9
    Love this movie. I have watched it I know about 50 times never gets old. It is a classic.

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  2. Mar 26, 2016
    4
    This story is confused: overlong, it begins by being about a woman battling to overcome prejudice, and ends up a gun-toting Arab-killingThis story is confused: overlong, it begins by being about a woman battling to overcome prejudice, and ends up a gun-toting Arab-killing action movie. Political intrigue is also thrown in, with Bancroft as a senator with a secret agenda, but this is soon discarded in favour of guns and explosions.

    In trying to fit into this man's world, Moore overdoes the belligerence: the apotheosis of her gung ho bonhomie being her resounding cry of "Suck my dick!", as she is finally accepted into the all-male company. She's one of the boys, cigars and all. Her character is unsympathetic and, like everyone else, has no real depth. The only glimmer of interest is produced by Mortensen's master chief, the obligatory hard-ass with a heart of gold.

    While it aims to be about women's rights, male prejudice, and political corruption, this film is really just about looks. Ace stylist Ridley Scott is in his element during the action sequences, luxuriating in the visual detail: the trademark moodicam interiors, the stark white deserts, the camera soaking up Moore's moonlit one-arm press-ups. Physically at least, the ex Mrs. Willis certainly earns her fee - in the transformation from girly desk-bound type to paid-up army grunt, we get a good five minutes of Moore shaving her long hair down to the celebrated buzz cut.

    In spite of a catalogue of downsides, including clunky dialogue, fuzzy morals and preposterous story lines, G.I. Jane does offer a perverse level of enjoyment. Scott's divine aesthetic interlaces the ensuing nonsense with stirring gung-ho, ever-increasing weaponry - and cigars - for shallow appeal. But for all Moore's grunting and growling, this is still a man's view of the world. Any feminist subtext has clearly gone AWOL.
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  3. Nov 12, 2012
    2
    The hump of feminism and war cliches floats down close to insufferable.