Born on the Fourth of July
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Born on the Fourth of July
The second of three films by co-writer/director Oliver Stone to explore the effects of the Vietnam War (Platoon and Heaven and Earth are the others), Born On The Fourth Of July tells the true story of Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise), a patriotic, All-American small town athlete who shocks his family by enlisting with the Marines to fight in the Vietnam War. Once he is overseas, however, Kovic's gung-ho enthusiasm turns to horror and confusion when he accidentally kills one of his own men in a firefight. His downfall is furthered by a bullet wound that leaves him paralyzed from the chest down. He… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"Tom Cruise, who takes Kovic from clean-cut eager teen to impassioned long-haired activist, is stunning."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Stone has found in Cruise the ideal actor to anchor the movie with simplicity and strength."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Not counting his iconic themes for such blockbusters as Star Wars and Jaws, this might feature John Williams' best music score to date."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Cruise's impassioned performance as Kovic is an impressive accomplishment."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Though departing from the source material, Ron Kovic's stirring chronicle of his Vietnam experience, this film is a good companion piece to Oliver Stone's Oscar-winner Platoon, showcasing star Tom Cruise in one of his most dramatic performances."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A compelling, elegiac film, particularly encouraging after the simplified morality of Platoon."
‑ , Time Out
"This is an impassioned movie, made with conviction and evangelical verve. It's also hysterical and overbearing and alienating."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"An exceptional feature on every level of execution, also displaying a rare sensitivity to Stone that he would spend the rest of his career trying to bury in violence and experimentation."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Not the sort of movie you actually enjoy, but its thought-provoking subject matter and haunting images are not easily forgotten."
‑ , Film4
"Stone does populist anti-war with a passion."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Born on the Fourth of July is...the most ambitious nondocumentary film yet made about the entire Vietnam experience."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Stone has created a film whose overblown parts add up to far less than the epic whole he had in mind."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Unflinching story of Vietnam vet turned activist."
‑ Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
"A great performance by Cruise"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Made when Oliver Stone still had cred and Cruise wasn't a laughing stock. A fine movie."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
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