One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
With an insane asylum standing in for everyday society, Milos Forman's 1975 film adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel is a comically sharp indictment of the Establishment urge to conform. Playing crazy to avoid prison work detail, manic free spirit Randle P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is sent to the state mental hospital for evaluation. There he encounters a motley crew of mostly voluntary inmates, including cowed mama's boy Billy (Brad Dourif) and silent Native American Chief Bromden (Will Sampson), presided over by the icy Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). Ratched and McMurphy recognize… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's a lot here. But with a classic like Cuckoo's Nest, too much is never enough."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"Jack Nicholson stars in an outstanding characterization of Ken Kesey's asylum anti-hero, McMurphy, and Milos Forman's direction of a superbly-cast film is equally meritorious."
‑ A.D. Murphy, Variety
"This film is one of the classic movies of the 1970s, thanks in no small measure to the talents of director Milos Forman."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"I enjoyed the picture because it is an action romance, worked out in wonderfully inventive detail and presented with mesmeric immediacy by one of the screen's most resourceful directors."
‑ Robert Hatch, The Nation
"It's mostly Nicholson that makes the film work, with his fun, but very intelligent, canny turn."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One Flew over the Cuckoo 's Nest is an earnest attempt to make a serious film. But in the end the movie backs away from both the human reality and the cloudy but potent symbolism that Ken Kesey found in the asylum."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Jack Nicholson plays McMurphy as if he were born to it, and the supporting cast provides fine, detailed performances."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The movie is both timeless and indicative of its own era, a period of anti-establishment movements."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Nicholson gets to use all the colors on his palette, from quiet, troubled contemplation to the disturbingly truthful, live-wire jesting with which he has become best associated. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A great cast, great screenplay and great performance makes One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest an enjoyable and thought provoking movie."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Viewed 30 years after its release, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest remains a very good motion picture, although one that perhaps just misses the pinnacle of greatness where its reputation suggests it resides."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Set in an insane asylum, the film involves the oppression of the individual, a struggle spearheaded by an ebullient Nicholson, turning in a star performance if ever there was one."
‑ , Time Out
"Cast, direction, score, look -- perfect, perfect, perfect, perfect."
‑ , Total Film
"A marvel of contemporary filmmaking..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A rare screen adaptation of a beloved novel that maintains the emotional and dramatic power of the original while establishing its own distinctive approach to the story..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
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