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Jarhead Reviews

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May 7, 2020
Jarhead aims to provide the eternal reason why young men are drawn to war, like moths to the flame. Swofford and director Sam Mendes stress that to most young GIs, even the most fervently created antiwar film is a fighting man's pornography.
November 19, 2019
These soldiers wanted action, any action, just to feel justified for the life they left behind and Mendes does a great job of showing that anguish. The cast is excellent, too.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 29, 2009
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.
September 24, 2007
As a depressive riff on Generation X's first war...it's exceptionally well-crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 14, 2007
What little statement the film makes revolves around the absurdity of these men, trained to shoot with ultimate precision, and never given the chance to fire off a round.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 10, 2007
As time passes, waiting for orders becomes like waiting for Godot, an absurdist tragicomedy of frustration, madness and masculinity gone awry.
May 31, 2007
A series of disjointed, shocking, and often unintentionally-humorous vignettes designed to celebrate boy-boy camaraderie while fomenting anti-Arab sentiments in the name of God, mom, and Apple Pie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 10, 2007
As usual, when the US makes war against the rest of the world, it's the artist who steps up to the plate to expose the lies and senseless tragedy, not the faint of heart or soul politicians and media.
September 25, 2006
Thanks to its poignancy and expert crafting, Jarhead could become a classic war drama -- one that speaks for a new era of soldier and worldliness.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 12, 2006
Swofford has said he doesn't mind the movie's alterations, but the real issue is how it dulls the intimacy and idiosyncrasy of his voice, which was the book's compass.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 1, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
March 6, 2006
if not a classic war film, at least a top-notch and engrossing imitation of one.
| Original Score: 4/5
February 9, 2006
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.
February 3, 2006
All the absurdities of the human condition are compressed into experiences of war, or at least that's the impression we get through Jarhead, Sam Mendes' fascinating film based on a real memoir by a Jarhead.
January 17, 2006
Jarhead takes a perverse pleasure in confounding your expectations of what a war movie should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 15, 2006
All talk, very little action.
| Original Score: 3/5
January 14, 2006
Stunning to look at and to listen to, with elegantly chosen pop songs unspooling on the soundtrack under each fresh new horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 13, 2006
Gripping, intelligent and amazing to look at, here, at last, is a combat film that's not to be missed -- even if there's no combat in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 12, 2006
Gyllenhaal effortlessly carries the film, making an engaging lead, even if his character's lust for the pink mist is a little disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 6, 2006
Perigosamente dúbio do ponto de vista ideológico. Se viesse com bula, este filme deveria trazer o aviso 'Deve ser mantido fora do alcance de crianças e de pessoas imaturas'.
| Original Score: 4/5
April 17, 2007
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