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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"By pitting Cruise against Nicholson in the film`s final courtroom confrontation, Sorkin and Reiner are pitting two notions of masculinity and two notions of stardom against each other."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"The literally in-your-face camera work can easily expose an actor's weaknesses, but, with the lens framed on Nicholson's bulldog visage, he lets loose with volcanic fury. His demagoguery and gung-ho self-righteousness are something to behold."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's a very watchable picture, with plenty of drama and some good laughs. But you can't forget for a moment that Reiner is taking your emotions on a carefully guided tour."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Though a courtroom drama on the surface, the movie is really about the changing face of power in the military, and in all walks of life."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The best feature of Rob Reiner's court martial drama isn't Jack Nicholson's "You can't handle the truth" speech. It's seeing a classy cast and a slick script hammer home a smart liberal message."
‑ , Total Film
"A brisk and familiar courtroom drama of the old school, as pleasant to watch as it is predictable, Men more than anything else is a tribute to pure star power."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The driving force of the story is watching Cruise`s character develop some backbone and staying power."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"The ultimate rebel Jack Nicholson has a ball playing the ultimate establishment figure in this star-laden, rather old-fashioned courtroom drama."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"More than competent are Moore, spared from what would have been a phony romantic involvement with Cruise, Kevin Bacon as a prosecutor and Kiefer Sutherland as a by-the-book Marine."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The final scene, when Kaffee locks horns with Jessep, more than makes up for the predictability of what's come before."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The whole film, with its steady, important-picture pacing, its foursquare visual style, and its pseudo-profundity, is a piece of glorified banality."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"As you may have suspected, Jack Nicholson steals the show. His Col. Nathan Jessep isn't in a lot of scenes, but when he's there, you can't take your eyes off him."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"As a courtroom drama, it manages to overcome its shortcomings -- some fairly ridiculous dialogue, implausible situations and predictable plot points -- with the pure screen power of its stars."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"A somber, studiedly intense drama that is absorbing despite its total predictability."
‑ , People Magazine
"Although Nicholson has little more than an extended cameo, he seizes the final courtroom scene and makes it a tour de force of cinema."
‑ , Film4
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