Full Metal Jacket
Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Stanley Kubrick's return to filmmaking after a seven-year hiatus, this film crystallizes the experience of the Vietnam War by concentrating on a group of raw Marine volunteers. Based on Gustav Hasford's novel The Short Timers, the… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 29, 1999
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Intense, tightly constructed, and darkly comic at times, Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket may not boast the most original of themes, but it is exceedingly effective at communicating them.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

If his considerable achievement in this long- awaited film falls short of his Olympian standards, there is a reason that ought to give Kubrick some satisfaction. The world has caught up with Kubrick and what he has to say.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

There is a real fear at the heart of this monstrously armored, desperately defensive film.

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John Rico

One of the classics of war cinema, it's not nearly as good as its legend suggests. But it's pretty good.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

It may seem too spare, too clinical, its moments of war even too familiar for some. But, aiming for minds as well as hearts, Kubrick hits his target squarely.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

It's a great piece of filmmaking, diminished only by a second act that fails to live up to the first act of the Marines in training.

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Peter Travers
People Magazine

[Kubrick's] genius, and perhaps burden, is to see the insanity in us all and to make it seem so terrifyingly normal.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

What gives this story its power is not really its originality, but the relentlessness of Kubrick's black-comic vision and the tightness of his focus.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Full Metal Jacket is not a realistic film -- it is horror-comic superrealism, from a God's-eye view -- but it should fully engage the ordinary movie grunt.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a justifiably iconic war film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A powerful and cynical film that portrays with dark humor and acid criticism the dehumanizing side of war, with R. Lee Ermey and D'Onofrio stealing the… More
Jonathan Hutchings
Kubrick surprisingly only made two films in the 80s . His follow up to The Shining, well-made as it is, is not without certain flaws and is by no means… More
Eugene Bernabe
Dark humor, sharp dialogue and R. Lee Ermey's terrifyingly excellent performance. Full Metal Jacket is a gripping portrayal of the dehumanization and… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Weaker than other Kubrick films, Full Metal Jacket is still a good film but drags on without much progression in the plot.
xGary Xx
Stanley Kubrick turns his attention to Vietnam in this bleak and emotionally draining representation of a conflict that was the perfect subject for which to… More
KJ Proulx
This particular film is a hard one to review. To me, it feels like two very different films. The first half is a story about the events leading up to the main… More