One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 9, 1997
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The onscreen battle between Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher serves as a personal microcosm of the culture wars of the 1970s -- and testament to the director's vision that the film retains its power more than three decades later.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

Nicholson explodes on the screen in a performance so flawless in timing and character perception that it should send half the stars in Hollywood back to acting school.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

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.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

It was Nicholson's first Oscar win and this remains, in many ways, his signature performance.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

There's a lot here. But with a classic like Cuckoo's Nest, too much is never enough.

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A.D. Murphy
Variety

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.

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

This film is one of the classic movies of the 1970s, thanks in no small measure to the talents of director Milos Forman.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Jack Nicholson plays McMurphy as if he were born to it, and the supporting cast provides fine, detailed performances.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

The movie is both timeless and indicative of its own era, a period of anti-establishment movements.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Hobin
At first, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest would seem a depressing film. The setting is a mental institution. The colors are drab. The milieu is bleak. Many… More
Liam Gadd
And this doesn't have a 100% rating on RT because...........?
Mister Caple
Jack Nicholson in his grandest form. Nobody does it better. The winner of five Oscars including Best Picture of 1975
Mark Walker
In 1934, Frank Capra's "It Happened One Night" made Academy Awards history by becoming the first film to win all top five Oscars: Best Picture,… More
Jens S.
Jack Nicholson steering up shit in a mental institution is one of the greatest films of the 70s and maybe his best performance among so many outstanding ones.… More
Eric Shankle
Don't be fooled by how old this film is, it still holds up today. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is one of my all time favorites, and… More