Streamers (1983)

Based on the virulently antimilitary play by David Rabe, Streamers is set in a basic-training barracks. Matthew Modine is among the raw recruits who alternate between strutting around like bantam cocks to snivelling like frightened… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 9, 1983
DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

It goes partway toward realizing the full effect of a stage play as a film, then botches the job by the overabundant use of film techniques, which dismember what should be an ensemble performance.

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Sean Axmaker

... a different kind of filmed theater that combines the intimacy of the original play with a cinematic expressiveness.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Conveys the toxic effects of the Vietnam war

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Sure it's searing and intense, but so is a microwave oven.

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

What elevates the film above a dated topical discussion is Altman's imagining of the army barracks as a hothouse environment where tensions and fears play out in oddly manic outbursts%u2014and his direction of his actors accordingly.

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Fernando F. Croce

M*A*S*H* stripped from its wise-guy veneer

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The ensemble cast comes up smart with some fine spontaneous performances.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An intense and well written drama that deals with matters like racism, homophobia, self-acceptance and the dehumanizing side of war, relying on a revealing… More
Jason Reneau
I really didn't know what to think of the film. Other than the fact that it is a very effective drama. However, it was all over the place and I got dizzy… More
Steven Carrier
The string of films Robert Altman made during the 1980s ("Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean," "Secret Honor,"… More
Marcus Woolcott
This was made for the theater, the transition to cinema doesn't work at all.