Johnny Got His Gun
Johnny Got His Gun (2008)

Dalton Trumbo's haunting anti-war drama comes to the screen for the second time in this filmed version of the stage play starring Ben McKenzie. On the last day of World War I, American soldier Joe Bonham is hit by an artillery shell and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 22, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2009
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Unless viewers are aficionados of solo shows and want to see every one they can, this effort comes off as forced, far too self-aware and unfortunately dated.

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Dennis Harvey

Ably filmed by veteran stage producer-director Rowan Joseph, Bradley Rand Smith's theatrical script provides a bravura thespian workout for Ben McKenzie.

Charles Ealy
Austin American-Statesman

Johnny Got His Gun won't break any box-office records. But it should find a small but loyal audience.

Laura Kern
New York Times

Staged plays just aren't that cinematic, and even under the capable direction of Rowan Joseph, Mr. McKenzie doesn't provide enough spark to offset the problem.

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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times

Trumbo's aim was a kind of proletarian poetry, but McKenzie's broad emoting has the deadly earnestness of a school play.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

McKenzie has the perfect boy-next-door looks as well as the physical intensity and ardent naturalism to hold your interest. It's a tour-de-force performance, and Joseph's camerawork is fluid and sensitive.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

It's hard not to wish that the novel had instead been newly adapted into a real film by a director with the requisite daring and imagination.

Kyle Smith
New York Post

Trumbo's dialogue is as subtle as a bayonet charge and as outdated, while McKenzie, alternately shouty and moany, is not the actor to pull it off.

Marco Cerritos
Boxoffice Magazine

The story of a wounded soldier during World War I and his hallucinations about life and combat serve as a poignant reminder of our country's current situation, but donā(TM)t do much to elevate it beyond that.

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