Catch-22 (1970)

Sharply critical of the almost surreal bureaucracy of war, this scathing satire is based on Joseph Heller's novel. The story focuses on a group of Air Force pilots in the midst of WWII. The title refers to the twisted logic that makes… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 24, 1970
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2001
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Mahoney
Hollywood Reporter

The film is cynical and bitterly cold. Nichols has hit one out of three virtues.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Quite simply, the best American film I've seen this year.

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Emanuel Levy

Released during the Vietnam War, the movie was a commercial failure, but seen from today's perspective, its black humor holds up well.

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Time Out

Though the vertiginously absurdist logic of the book is hopelessly fractured, some of it does filter through (the mostly superb performances are a great help).

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Clint Morris
Tsunami Magazine

If you liked M*A*S*H, You'll love this!

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Still positively chilling.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Nichols has done the same thing in "Catch-22" that he did in "The Graduate." He's given us a funny beginning, then switched tones and gone serious.

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Rob Gonsalves

What a strange and mesmerizing folly.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Starts out pretty funny, gets incredibly weird by the end.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
I have not read the book, which seems to be a prerequisite for enjoying this movie, which I do, immensely
Jennifer Xu
No better, no worse than the book itself.
Alex roy
Very good antiwar dark comedy that is a bit underrated. Many reviews that I've read make this as one of the worst war films ever made. Although far from… More
Dean McKenna
This release stars Alan Arkin as a soldier in World War II most interested in avoiding the insanity of combat. It's sarcasm alone is enough to sustain… More
Lucas Martins
An terrific surrealist dark antiwar satire.
Pierluigi Puccini
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