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Joseph Heller's scathing satire is adapted to the screen by Buck Henry and bitingly directed by Mike Nichols. Alan Arkin is terminally mordant as Yossarian, stationed on a Mediterranean island during World War II, who wants to be labeled unfit for duty so that he doesn't have a chance to fly a bomber and get killed. While Yossarian is trying to figure out a way to keep from getting killed, Colonel Cathcart (Martin Balsam) is equally busy increasing the missions because he wants to have an article written about himself in The Saturday Evening Post. This increased pressure on the men… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though the vertiginously absurdist logic of the book is hopelessly fractured, some of it does filter through (the mostly superb performances are a great help)."
‑ , Time Out
"If you liked M*A*S*H, You'll love this!"
‑ Clint Morris, Tsunami Magazine
"Still positively chilling."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A mess, occasionally a fascinating one."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"...the movie version that some people said couldn't be made. Well, in all candor, some people were right...You know, there's always a catch."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Nichols has done the same thing in "Catch-22" that he did in "The Graduate." He's given us a funny beginning, then switched tones and gone serious."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"What a strange and mesmerizing folly."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Starts out pretty funny, gets incredibly weird by the end."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Can't capture the brilliance of the source material ... but does a pretty good job all the same."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"a brilliant failure, a film that is as interesting for what it tried to accomplish as it is for what it did"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Quite simply, the best American film I've seen this year."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Released during the Vietnam War, the movie was a commercial failure, but seen from today's perspective, its black humor holds up well."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Flawed, but frequently brilliant."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Ambitious though flawed adaptation of Joseph Heller's searingly satiric novel."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Ranks with Platoon and Apocalypse Now as one of the great war movies"
‑ Christopher Null,
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