Johnny Got His Gun
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Adapted from the stage play version of Dalton Trumbo's famous pacifist novel, this anti-war drama stars Ben McKenzie as an American soldier whose experiences on the battlefield left him a quadruple amputee who has no control over his eyes, ears, nose, or mouth. Left with no means of escaping the personal hell of his hospital bed, the tormented soldier silently begs for doctors to bring his suffering to an end.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Unless viewers are aficionados of solo shows and want to see every one they can, this effort comes off as forced, far too self-aware and unfortunately dated."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Ably filmed by veteran stage producer-director Rowan Joseph, Bradley Rand Smith's theatrical script provides a bravura thespian workout for Ben McKenzie."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Johnny Got His Gun won't break any box-office records. But it should find a small but loyal audience."
‑ Charles Ealy, Austin American-Statesman
"This incarnation of Johnny Got His Gun is a mismatch of medium, text and talent."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"Staged plays just aren't that cinematic, and even under the capable direction of Rowan Joseph, Mr. McKenzie doesn't provide enough spark to offset the problem."
‑ Laura Kern, New York Times
"Trumbo's aim was a kind of proletarian poetry, but McKenzie's broad emoting has the deadly earnestness of a school play."
‑ Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times
"McKenzie has the perfect boy-next-door looks as well as the physical intensity and ardent naturalism to hold your interest. It's a tour-de-force performance, and Joseph's camerawork is fluid and sensitive."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Coming out one year after The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Julian Schnabel's inventively mesmerizing movie about a man who can only communicate through blinking his eyes, places Johnny Got His Gun at a disadvantage."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"It's hard not to wish that the novel had instead been newly adapted into a real film by a director with the requisite daring and imagination."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Trumbo's dialogue is as subtle as a bayonet charge and as outdated, while McKenzie, alternately shouty and moany, is not the actor to pull it off."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The story of a wounded soldier during World War I and his hallucinations about life and combat serve as a poignant reminder of our country's current situation, but donā(TM)t do much to elevate it beyond that."
‑ Marco Cerritos, Boxoffice Magazine
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