Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    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
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    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. Reviewed by: Eve Zibart
    Guts-and-green-beret saga.
  9. Reviewed by: Sarah Kerr
    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. Reviewed by: Sandra Contreras
    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. 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. Reviewed by: John Krewson
    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
    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

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Nov 12, 2012
    The hump of feminism and war cliches floats down close to insufferable.
  2. jayk
    Feb 3, 2009