Born on the Fourth of July
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

The second of three films by co-writer/director Oliver Stone to explore the effects of the Vietnam War (Platoon and Heaven and Earth are the others), Born On The Fourth Of July tells the true story of Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise), a patriotic,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 20, 1989
DVD Release Date: April 28, 1998
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Led by an unforgettable performance from Tom Cruise, Born on the Fourth of July finds director Oliver Stone tackling thought-provoking subject matter with ambitious élan.

Variety Staff

Tom Cruise, who takes Kovic from clean-cut eager teen to impassioned long-haired activist, is stunning.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Stone has found in Cruise the ideal actor to anchor the movie with simplicity and strength.

Josh Larsen

...a tale of American masculinity undone.

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Time Out

A compelling, elegiac film, particularly encouraging after the simplified morality of Platoon.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

This is an impassioned movie, made with conviction and evangelical verve. It's also hysterical and overbearing and alienating.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Not counting his iconic themes for such blockbusters as Star Wars and Jaws, this might feature John Williams' best music score to date.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Born on the Fourth of July is...the most ambitious nondocumentary film yet made about the entire Vietnam experience.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Stone has created a film whose overblown parts add up to far less than the epic whole he had in mind.

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Brian Orndorf

An exceptional feature on every level of execution, also displaying a rare sensitivity to Stone that he would spend the rest of his career trying to bury in violence and experimentation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Born on the Fourth of July is a solid, well acted and brilliantly directed Anti war film. Based on the true story of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic, who due to a… More
Kevin M. Williams
Cruise pulls out all the stops in his visceral portrayal of a guy who goes from trusting and unthinking patriot to wounded and wondering casualty of the Vietnam… More
Chris Weber
This is the second film in Oliver Stone's trilogy about the Vietnam War, and for this one, he decided to adapt (along with Ron Kovic), Kovic's… More
xGary Xx
A biopic based on the life of Ron Kovic, an idealistic poster boy for the American dream who volunteered for Vietnam only to return home to a different world… More
Martin Sahlin
This is some fine directing right here from Mr. Political Subject himself. This movie uses one of the oldest tricks in the book for dramatic… More
Conner Rainwater
This is without a doubt my favorite Oliver Stone movie. It has all of the passion and and emotional depth in ten minutes that most Vietnam movies try to attain… More