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.

Pauline Kael
New Yorker

It has no more moral intelligence than the Clint Eastwood action pictures, yet it's an astonishing piece of work, an uneasy mixture of violent pulp and grandiosity, with an enraptured view of common life -- poetry of the commonplace.

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Frank Rich
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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Kate Muir
Times [UK]

The movie won five Oscars and, if anything, improves with age.

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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
Variety

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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Philip French
Observer [UK]

The Deer Hunter is a rich and powerful picture that without a trace of patronisation or the slightest touch of cultural superiority, speaks eloquently for the inarticulate.

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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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Paul Huckerby
Electric Sheep

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

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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.