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Based on the virulently antimilitary play by David Rabe, Streamers is set in a basic-training barracks. Matthew Modine is among the raw recruits who alternate between strutting around like bantam cocks to snivelling like frightened children. To test one another's manhood, the recruits indulge in violent physical and verbal game playing. Special attention is given those whose skin color or outlook on life is at odds with the "standards" of the group. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It goes partway toward realizing the full effect of a stage play as a film, then botches the job by the overabundant use of film techniques, which dismember what should be an ensemble performance."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"... a different kind of filmed theater that combines the intimacy of the original play with a cinematic expressiveness."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Conveys the toxic effects of the Vietnam war"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Sure it's searing and intense, but so is a microwave oven."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"What elevates the film above a dated topical discussion is Altman's imagining of the army barracks as a hothouse environment where tensions and fears play out in oddly manic outbursts%u2014and his direction of his actors accordingly."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"M*A*S*H* stripped from its wise-guy veneer"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The ensemble cast comes up smart with some fine spontaneous performances."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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