Full Metal Jacket Synopsis
A Marine and his companions endure basic training under a sadistic drill sergeant.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
May be the best war movie ever made...Different is Kubrick's artistry and control, and his almost perverse, but philosophically...
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
What makes the film stunning is less its metaphorical scheme than its cinematic style. Always a matter of flowing camera movement, Kubrick...
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As brutally unsparing as "Platoon" was, it was ultimately warm and embracing. Kubrick's film is about as embracing as a full-metal-jacketed...
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The New York Times

Kubrick's harrowing, beautiful and characteristically eccentric new film about Vietnam, is going to puzzle, anger and (I hope) fascinate...
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
A contender for the year's best film.
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Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
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...
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TV Guide

A perversely fascinating movie--one that answers no questions, offers no hope and has little meaning. In a way this is perfect for what the...
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San Francisco Chronicle

The concluding image of men silhouetted against the dying flares of explosives, as they march to the raucous refrain of the Mickey Mouse...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The footage on the Paris Island obstacle course is powerful. But Full Metal Jacket is uncertain where to go, and the movie's climax, which...
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Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
By most standards of conventional film narrative, this movie is a mess. [25 June, 1987, p.22(E)]
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By maddog0652

new fav

By coowboys
1. Pulp Fiction 2. Fight Club 3. Boondock Saints 4. Donnie Darko 5. Full Metal Jacket 6. Gladiator 7. Lord of the RIngs 8 Snatch 9. Lock Stock and two smokin barrels 10. Revolver 11....

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Great Marine Corps movie OORAAH!!!!!!...

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Full Metal Jacket

By jasonforsyth84
Without me, my riffle is useless. I'm useless without my riffle....

Hands down greatest film about Viet Nam

By Brereton23

The Horror and the Insanity of War

By hborbe
"Full Metal Jacket" is a very powerful and memorable portrayal of the horror and the insanity of war. In the film, a Marine writes the words "BORN TO KILL" on his helmet. However, people are not...

By chris22
Great movie best war movie since saving Private Ryan & platoon...

Poorly executed war drama that try's to be too many things at once.

By Dominic LeRose
The soldiers who served in the Vietnam war first had two traumatic experiences to face: Getting past the excruciating boot camps and not dying in battlefield. Legendary director Stanley Kubrick makes...

Great! 1st half of movie is fantastic!

By Historygurl

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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Extremely graphic, violent Vietnam War film.
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