The Deer Hunter
The Deer Hunter (1978)

One of several 1978 films dealing with the Vietnam War (including Hal Ashby's Oscar-winning Coming Home), Michael Cimino's epic second feature The Deer Hunter was both renowned for its tough portrayal of the war's effect on… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 6, 2005
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its greatness is blunted by its length and one-sided point of view, but the film's weaknesses are overpowered by Michael Cimino's sympathetic direction and a series of heartbreaking performances from Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

In trying to measure the devastating impact of Vietnam on the lives of three American soldiers, Cimino brings home the true horror of that senseless conflict in a way that the 6 O'Clock News never could.

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Charles Schreger

The film is ambitious and it succeeds on a number of levels and it proves that Cimino is an important director who deserves to be watched carefully.

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Paul Huckerby
Electric Sheep

A powerful film made with impressive style, and one of the key films of the decade.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Is it as good as its advance word and nine Academy Award nominations suggest? Yes.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A disgusting account of what the evil Vietnamese did to poor, innocent Americans stands at the center of this Oscar-laden weepie about macho buddies from a small industrial town.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express

Michael Cimino's Oscar-winning epic The Deer Hunter brought the emotional, homefront legacy of the Vietnam War vividly to life for audiences around the world.

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TIME Magazine

This excruciatingly violent, three-hour Viet Nam saga demolishes the moral and ideological cliches of an era: it shoves the audience into hell and leaves it stranded without a map.

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Time Out

This is probably one of the few great films of the decade.

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Peter Bradshaw

The idea of sacrifice permeates everything, along with the cruelty and horror. This is Cimino's masterpiece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
"You have to think about one shot. One shot is what it's all about. A deer's gotta be taken with one shot. I try to tell people that but they… More
Kase Vollebregt
Michael Cimino's Vietnam classic is a bit overlong and a bit under-stuffed, but no one can deny the power of this classic. The acting is generally good,… More
Adam Kelly
Whilst its running length may annoy some, "The Deer Hunter" and Michael Cimino provides viewers with the most gut-wrenching and harrowing examination… More
Jack Hawkins
A sprawling epic of three hours, 'The Deer Hunter' is a striking, moving film. It focuses on a group of working class men who live in Clairton,… More
Lucas Martins
The Deer Hunter, could sometimes, present boring scenes, but the tension in this dramatic film, with a great Michael Cimino's direction, original story and… More
paul oh
Its running time versus its story are conflicting but in the end provides a strong portrayal of the Vietnam War.

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