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Full Metal Jacket Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    Kubrick's harrowing, beautiful and characteristically eccentric new film about Vietnam, is going to puzzle, anger and (I hope) fascinate audiences as much as any film he has made to date... A film of immense and very rare imagination.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    A contender for the year's best film.

  • 100

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    As brutally unsparing as "Platoon" was, it was ultimately warm and embracing. Kubrick's film is about as embracing as a full-metal-jacketed bullet in the gut. [29 June 1987]

  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Julie Salamon

    By most standards of conventional film narrative, this movie is a mess. [25 June, 1987, p.22(E)]

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The footage on the Paris Island obstacle course is powerful. But Full Metal Jacket is uncertain where to go, and the movie's climax, which Kubrick obviously intends to be a mighty moral revelation, seems phoned in from earlier war pictures.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    The film has undeniable power, but it's an unusual and unsettling power, a product of a collision between red-hot material and the cool serenity with which Kubrick observes and accepts it. [26 June 1987]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

Extremely graphic, violent Vietnam War film.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an extremely graphic and unblinking look at war, starting with Marine Corps basic training. This movie is not appropriate for kids. There is a lot of very strong language and very explicit violence, much of it shot in slow motion.

  • Families can talk about why the Marines are trained so harshly, and how it affects people to go through such grueling treatment. The realities of war, and the parallels to current events are also possible topics for discussion.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence: Very explicit violence, much of it shot in slow motion.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue