Born on the Fourth of July Synopsis
Based on the autobiography of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic, this powerful film earned fellow Vietnam vet Oliver Stone a Best Director Oscar. In one of his best performances, Tom Cruise stars as Kovic, a Marine wounded in a firefight and paralyzed...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Stone's feisty, intensely personal style of film making is well-known. With Born on the Fourth of July we are treated to a poignant,...
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100

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July is a knockout, a huge angry howl of movie that uses a crippled Vietnam veteran's disability as...
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100

Empire

Some will find it overly long, but with such a pivotal performance by Cruise and a veritable platoon of Hollywood elite supporting, who can...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Nothing Cruise has done will prepare you for what he does in Born on the Fourth of July. His performance is so good that the movie lives...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
But Stone has found in Cruise the ideal actor to anchor the movie with simplicity and strength. Together they do more than show what...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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Never the most subtle of directors Oliver Stone brings a jackhammer brutality to Born on the Fourth that the material no longer needs. [22...
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75

TV Guide

The critique of masculinity is far more thoughtful and compelling than the vague ruminations about war. Nonetheless Cruise's impassioned...
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
A fresh-slant Vietnam picture in which lead Tom Cruise achieves indisputable greatness, July is otherwise a "more often than not''...
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
for all its flaws, Born on the Fourth of July provides the final proof that Tom Cruise is the real thing-a movie star with all the natural,...
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Wall Street Journal

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Born on the Fourth of July would be merely a hilariously inept gathering of Vietnam War movie cliches. Instead it is an unrelenting series...
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Born on the Fourth of July.

By pvulte
Oliver Stone's film is a riveting, harrowing and blunt account of the true life story of ex Marine and current activists, Ron Kovic. The film depicts a young, naive boy (stellar acting by Tom Cruise)...

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Rated R
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 17+ Unflinching story of Vietnam vet turned activist.
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