Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 35
  2. Negative: 6 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    38
    The characters are so flat and the dialogue so dull you expect it to be one of those movies whose existence is justified by a big final twist. But it's three days after the screening, and still no twist. Maybe it's coming in the mail?
  2. [Brody's] mannered performance helps downgrade this picture from a middling sci-fi film to a bad, borderline-camp sci-fi film.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    25
    As bad movies go, The Jacket belongs to a relatively rare but extremely intriguing/irritating genus.
  4. The Jacket is doing nothing but sampling elements of "Jacob's Ladder," "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Memento" without offering more than hackneyed solutions, including a rather cheesy conclusion.
  5. 20
    In this case, the adage would go something like "material, material, material," also known as the Nicolas Cage Rule: Good acting can't overcome bad taste.
  6. If claustrophobia's your style, The Jacket is a perfect fit.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. AdamM.
    Mar 30, 2007
    10
    A surprisingly intelligent and well-executed film!
  2. Jul 30, 2012
    7
    A very interesting and engaging film. Sure, the story isn't possible, but it's not meant to be and doesn't come across as though it's trying to act as though it is. A few things could have been explained or explored more deeply, but there was nothing that detracted from the film. Ignore the 'critics', their opinion is as worthless as ever. The characters do have depth, as does the films emotional exploration. Definitely a film to watch Full Review »
  3. Jul 12, 2014
    8
    The Jacket has an interesting concept, atmosphere and acting from Brody and Knightley. The movie has
    multiple themes rolled into one and they
    all work. The movie is Brody's best movie and it is well made. Full Review »