Jacob's Ladder Synopsis
Hellish hallucinations haunt a veteran (Tim Robbins) and others who were in his battalion.
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TV Guide

Truly frightening and visually unique, this messy, challenging film is anchored by Tim Robbins' remarkable performance.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
I wouldn't go so far as to classify Jacob's Ladder as a masterpiece, but it is smart and compelling and unquestionably worth a first or...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This movie left me reeling with turmoil and confusion, with feelings of sadness and despair. Those are the notes it strives for.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
There's little doubt that Jacob's Ladder is a failure-it's a messy, unsatisfying and often overreaching film-yet it fails in interesting,...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Jacob's Ladder is a cheat - but a talented, disturbing, beguiling cheat. We don't know we've been truly had until it's finally over, when...
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
One sits through Ladder halfway engrossed, though always with a sense that its impending punchline will render the preceding an industrial-...
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50

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
The strength of Jacob's Ladder is that we never know what the next scene will be. But that's also its weakness. We don't feel involved with...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
If you ask too many questions about Jacob's Ladder, you're likely to burst the bubble. For all its emotional sizzle and spit, it leaves you...
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
As a metaphysical exploration of otherworldliness, Jacob's Ladder has a kind of morbid intensity, for those who like that sort of thing....
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie, a piece of luridly baroque metaphysical trash, is about a Vietnam veteran who keeps getting jolted by demonic visions.
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