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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 to Vietnam in 1968, proper wife Sally Hyde (Jane Fonda) decides to volunteer at the V.A. hospital where her new friend Vi (Penelope Milford) works. There she meets Luke Martin (Jon Voight), a former high-school classmate and Marine who has returned from 'Nam a bitter paraplegic. As their relationship grows, Sally sees the effect of the war on the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The performances, undeniably appealing, were deservedly praised, Dern and Voight coming off best."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Ashby here soft soaps the issue of Vietnam and America's part in it by giving us merely a diluted and melodramatic love story."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This movie is a big deal."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A wonderful movie with stellar performances; though Dern is a bit of a caricature."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"A convincing meditation on the scars the Vietnam War left on the bodies, minds, and souls of many soldiers and civilians."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A powerful film about love and war. Oscars for the leads and Bruce Dern deservedly nominated."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Politics aside, there's little to complain about in Coming Home."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
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