100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
One of the most curious and perversely brilliant films ever made in the American studio system. It's a shining example of qualities we don't normally see in our big theatrical pictures: vast ambition, huge resources and technical genius mated to a unique and compelling vision of life.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Unique and courageous. It may be counted as one of the year's few steps forward in cinema.
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100

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Here is something great and startling -- not necessarily the kind of comforting, consensus-creating film that wins Oscars, but unquestionably a movie that will live in the history of the medium.
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90

Mr. Showbiz

It's the awesome, metaphysically charged spectacle of man doing terrible things to man within the multicolored and multifarious cathedral of Nature.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Although the story seems disjointed at times, no other war movie has tried so valiantly to convey not only the suffering of combat but the awful fissures it leaves between humanity's ideal oneness with itself and the world we live in.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Like no other war movie you've ever seen.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The director is a poet of images.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie's schizophrenia keeps it from greatness (this film has no firm idea of what it is about), but doesn't make it bad. It is, in fact, sort of fascinating: a film in the act of becoming, a field trial, an experiment in which a dreamy poet meditates on stark reality.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
An epic aestheticization of World War II, a movie at once bold and baffling, immediate and abstract.
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63

San Francisco Examiner

Powerful war spectacle neglects novel's heart and much of story.
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78 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.