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The Jacket Review

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

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    If claustrophobia's your style, The Jacket is a perfect fit.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The Jacket is a confused attempt at headiness that feels like a poor man's "Memento."

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Director John Maybury has a feel for shock rhythms, and he's skillful at keeping you guessing, but after a while you want your questions to cohere into compelling answers, and in The Jacket they don't, quite.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    A gripping drama that will leave thoughtful cinemagoers wrestling with basic Big Questions.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Admittedly, The Jacket is not likely to be everyone's cup of tea, but filmmaker John Maybury has forged a mesmerizing mindblower.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Smart thriller is for mature older teens only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes intense, graphic, grisly, and disturbing images; guns and other kinds of violence (characters killed); and abusive medical treatment. There's a sexual situation and some sexual and non-sexual nudity. Characters drink, smoke, abuse drugs, and use some strong language. Some audience members may find the themes of the film upsetting as well.

  • Families can talk about how we can test what we think we know to determine what is real. Have you ever had a strong memory of something that happened to you and then realized it was from a movie or photograph? How do we know which experiments to allow, understanding that that some will fail and leave the subjects worse off than they were?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Intense, disturbing, and graphic images, violence (including guns), murder, reference to child molestation, shock therapy.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Sexual situation, some nudity.

  • language false5

    Language: Some very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A lot of smoking, drinking, abuse of medication, character abuses drugs.