Jarhead (2005)

"Jarhead" (the self-imposed moniker of the Marines) follows Swoff, a third-generation enlistee, from a sobering stint in boot camp to active duty, sporting a sniper's rifle and a hundred-pound rucksack on his back through… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 4, 2005
DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This first person account of the first Gulf War scores with its performances and cinematography but lacks an emotional thrust.

Ben Walters
Time Out

The film's strong suit is vagueness, presenting combat as a semi-surreal state of ignorant expectation and dislocated experience: these warriors loll in the desert awaiting action or trying to make sense of its consequences.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

This is a very strong film with really good performances.

Fernando F. Croce

Slick military faux-criticism

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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture

Jarhead is utterly predictable (boys endure tough training; boys encounter another culture and are baffled), studded with first-rate performances.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

What's so good about the movie is Gyllenhaal's refusal to show off; he doesn't seem jealous of the camera's attention when it goes to others and is content, for long stretches, to serve simply as a prism though which other young men can be observed.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

For some it's an anti-war message, for others it's just a non-biased portrait of a man who never went to war despite being in the military during war time.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Screenwriter William Broyles, Jr., a former Vietnam pilot and Newsweek editor, connects reasonably well with the material, but American Beauty director Sam Mendes has a tendency to smooth out the rough edges, and the film goes flat as month-old soda.

Mike Clark
USA Today

Director Sam Mendes' third screen outing pretty well nails Swofford's tone, which was mordant without being disrespectful, and, in fact, is begrudgingly reverent of the Corps.

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Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Sporadically entertaining, and ultimately pointless -- although that seems to be its agenda right from the start.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Entirely predictable first-person account of a marine's experiences around Desert Storm. Ambivalent and unengaging.
Coxxie Mild Sauce
i almost gor drafted last year so this is like a horror movie
Kevin M. Williams
Interestingly, a war film about training for a war that kinda never happens. Fully aware and borrowing heavily from Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket, the… More
Directors Cat
Jarhead is more than a movie. It is an entertaining truthful first person look at the reality of the war and that the biggest enemy they were fighting was… More
Kase Vollebregt
Upon first viewing, 'Jarhead' is no more than a portrait of the psychological challenges of a boring war. Yet, after the credits role, this film… More
Wahida K
I ussually avoid Anti War Movies. They iritate me mostly but this was something different.