Jacob's Ladder
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A bold, powerful psychological horror film."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A slick, riveting, viscerally scary film about what in other hands would be a decidedly unsalable subject, namely death."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Jacob's Ladder only belongs to the horror genre insofar as it understands these conventions well enough to simultaneously borrow from and transcend them. In the process, it becomes something else altogether."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Despite all the confusion, it's a simple case of the script being too ambitious. It may emulate a man experiencing flashbacks, but it doesn't help the audience."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"A unique, surreal thriller."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Dull, unimaginative and pretentious."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"[Falls] ultimately flat on its surrealistic face, the victim of too many fake-art sequences."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"worthwhile journey--just didn't blow me away"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Truly frightening and visually unique, this messy, challenging film is anchored by Tim Robbins' remarkable performance."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Terrific, original and truly unsettling."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Lyne's giddying, unsettling direction conjures up moments of horrifying hallucinogenic power from the bad-trip hell of his protagonist."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"Lyne indulges more in misdirection than in direction; he's a magician turning a sleazy trick."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Unfairly dismissed on its original release, this really deserves to be better known: the ultimate example of bad-trip mainstream cinema."
‑ , Film4
"This movie is a one-of-a-kind political satire."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Will scare the bejesus out of you.....one of the cleverest films of the 90's"
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
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