Coming Home
Coming Home (1978)

Hal Ashby's 1978 melodrama examines the impact of the Vietnam War on the "war at home" among the men who fought it and the women in their lives. Left alone in Los Angeles when her gung-ho Marine husband Bob (Bruce Dern) heads… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 16, 2002
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film has less to do with politics, women's or otherwise, than with a very conventional notion of the redemptive power of mother love. Which would be all right if director Hal Ashby had managed to mount it effectively.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Slowly, disastrously, it reveals its true identity as a three-sided love story about two Vietnam veterans and the one woman who loves them both.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The performances, undeniably appealing, were deservedly praised, Dern and Voight coming off best.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Coming Home is in general an excellent Hal Ashby film which illuminates the conflicting attitudes on the Vietnam debacle from the standpoint of three participants.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

This movie is a big deal.

Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A wonderful movie with stellar performances; though Dern is a bit of a caricature.

Time Out

Cliché piles on cliché to the strains of a garbled '60s soundtrack, but the movie's ending goes some way to recognising its failure. Fonda is magnificent.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Though well acted by Jon Voight and Jane Fonda (who won Oscars), Coming Home is one of Hal Ashby's weakest films, a middlebrow melodrama that wears its political message on its sleeves.

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Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

A powerful film about love and war. Oscars for the leads and Bruce Dern deservedly nominated.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This wasn't the first film to deal with the issue of soldiers coming home after war, and trying to transition back into a "normal" life, but it… More
Anthony Lawrie
This film is just as good as the Deer Hunter and Apocalypse now as far as Vietnam films are concerned. The acting is first rate, as is Ashby's direction,… More
Jim Hunter
It's hard to divorce this film from its context, namely some considered Fonda's anti-war activism to be ... "un-calculated" would be a nice… More
jay nixon
Top flight acting and a compelling story make this a very worthwhile viewing experience. Jane's character is a great one because of the enormous changes… More
Tim Sigur
I have to say that the reason that I like this movie is the filmmaking is so right on in every aspect. The cinematography, editing, and acting are all top notch… More
Byron Brubaker
Another returning vet movie (returning theme). Jane Fonda was excellent especially in the late 60's and here through the 70's. A great performance… More