Jacob's Ladder
Jacob's Ladder (1990)

A tortured man finds himself caught in a middle-ground between hallucination and reality in this supernatural thriller, scripted by Bruce Joel Rubin of Ghost (1990) and My Life (1993). Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) is a soldier stationed in… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 2, 1990
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
James Berardinelli

It's weird and surreal, but it ends with most of the holes plugged and all but a few of the loose ends tied into a tidy package. Some argue this is a cheat and the film should have been more open ended. That's a personal choice; I like it the way it is.

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

In the best puzzle movies, the pieces fit -- eventually. But if you try to piece together Jacob's Ladder, all you get for your trouble is more pieces.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Jacob's Ladder is unique. Rarely is such an unconventional screenplay given this full-blown, $25 million studio treatment. It is a curiosity -- a mutant of a movie in an industry that specializes in clones.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

For hours and days after you've seen it, you'll still be putting it together in your head. While all of it is gripping, it doesn't come together until the final scene, which is jolting, transcendent, unexpected yet inevitable.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Without a strongly sympathetic figure at the center of the movie, Jacob's plight seems very remote. Watching this film should feel like being caught in a nightmare, but it feels more like watching someone else who is caught in a nightmare.

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Christopher Null
Austin Chronicle

One of Robbins' finest unheralded performances, plus a slew of supporting roles from then-unknowns Eriq LaSalle, Ving Rhames, Jason Alexander, Pruitt Taylor Vince, and an uncredited Macaulay Culkin.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

As long as the movie refuses to commit itself, it is a truly creepy, nerve-jangling experience.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

[Robbins' and Pena's] scenes together are the highlight of the film, so natural, so bright. That's why we're willing to invest a lot of time in what turns out to be a terribly overwrought plot.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

Every story needs some kernel of internal logic, some hold on reality. But Lyne's film is like trying to scale a mountain of Jello. There's no solid ground. Everything is constantly shifting and undulating.

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Greg S
A Vietnam War veteran (Tim Robbins) starts seeing demonic faces and hallucinating, while at the same time some of his old army buddies are turning up dead. He… More
Randy Tippy
This is good psychological horror toying with the possibility of being great psychological horror. It never quite gets there, but it comes very, very close.
Richard C
good, scary movie. B+
Alex roy
Jacob's Ladder is one of the best psychological horror films that I have seen. Supported by a great cast, Jacob's Ladder is a creepy film. A man… More
Luke Baldock
Jacob's Ladder is a film that has been harmed by countless retreads over the years. Each of them has often failed to live up to this wonderful psychedelic… More