The Jacket
The Jacket (2005)

A troubled war veteran tries to unlock his memories of a terrible crime in this stylish thriller, the first American project for British filmmaker John Maybury. In 1991, Jack Starks (Adrien Brody) was an American soldier serving in the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 4, 2005
DVD Release Date: June 21, 2005
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Jacket is a case of creepy style over substance.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

The acting is uniformly excellent.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Here, Maybury is just arty for art's sake, filming entire scenes in close-ups so big that viewers leave the theater knowing way more than they ever wanted to about the lead actors' bridgework.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Smart thriller is for mature older teens only.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It just bounces Brody back and forth in time and yanks us around, and around, and around.

Scott Foundas

Pic begins as a potentially intriguing study of the depersonalizing effects of warfare, only to end up a pastiche of time-travel and psycho-ward movie cliches.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Maybury is an artist in addition to a director and it's clear that he has an eye for colour, which he uses cleverly to reinforce emotion.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

The Jacket is doing nothing but sampling elements of Jacob's Ladder, The Silence of the Lambs and Memento.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

It suffers from a common thriller syndrome these days: the desire to explain away madness with logic.

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Rob Gonsalves

A morose and bleached-looking affair, with depressing music by Brian Eno to match.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
An Iraq war veteran sent home with serious head trauma is convicted of a murder he does not remember committing. While enduring an experimental… More
Sophie Burgess
A really great concept that was intriguing from start to finish. Knightley's accent was believable and performances from all were impressive. However it… More
Jens S.
Pretty interesting time travel film that refuses to explain its own logic. After a head injury during operation desert storm a soldier is close to death. After… More
Dean King
A strange film with a great cast. A sort of mix of 12 Monkeys and the Butterfly effect, but sadly no where near as good as either of those films. The pacing… More
Film Crazy
i thought that this was really good and different rom any other film you can see keira knightly was excellant and so was adrian brody
Melvin White
The Jacket is a disappointing and weak psychological thriller. Everything about it is extremely dull. I do like a lot of the people involved here, so it is a… More