88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is not often that a movie catches exactly what it was like to be this person in this place at this time, but Jarhead does.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Jarhead isn't overtly political, yet by evoking the almost surreal futility of men whose lust for victory through action is dashed, at every turn, by the tactics, terrain, and morality of the war they're in, it sets up a powerfully resonant echo of the one we're in today.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A harsh and thoroughly unromantic examination of the scarring effects of war.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
They're all dressed up to kill, with no place to go.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
What we're left with is solid if not exceptional, though it's good to see Mendes expanding as a filmmaker.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Even when the script slips into sermonizing -- a Swoff voice-over informs us that we're all still "in the desert" -- Mendes keeps invading us with emotions. The jolt of Jarhead is undeniable, and it comes when you least expect it.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
All writers are entitled to tell the story of their own war, whether it's on the battlefield, in their head, or -- as is usually the case -- somewhere in between. Like it or not, Anthony Swofford did just that. Mendes, by contrast, tells the story of a Hollywood war, and it's simply not the news we can use.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Jarhead refuses to engage in its own point of view toward events it depicts. So the film feels empty and tentative, uncertain of what if anything these events add up to.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
An exercise in inertia about an exercise in futility.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The movie has some of the washed-out look of David O. Russell's excellent "Three Kings," but none of the edge. That's part of the point - that nothing leads to anything, at least not in this particular war.
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58 out of 100
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