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Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket

1987
Drama
War
1h 56m
The story of an 18-year-old marine recruit named Private Joker - from his carnage-and-machismo boot camp to his climactic involvement in the heavy fighting in Hue during the 1968 Tet Offensive. [Warner Bros.]
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Full Metal Jacket

1987
Drama
War
1h 56m
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Rated 24 Feb 2007
92
95th
Brilliant from start to finish. Some say that only the boot camp section is great but I disagree entirely. The movie certainly does shift at that point suddenly but it perfectly shows the change between boot camp and war. Outstanding film.
Rated 13 Feb 2009
100
99th
A personal favorite, Full Metal Jacket consists of a spectacular first half that transitions into almost a completely different, yet equally gripping film. Ermey's performance is absolutely stellar, and Kubrick's directing really shines. Dehumanization at its best, er... worst.
Rated 02 Apr 2010
81
88th
The first part of the film is absolutely BRILLIANT... the story, the acting, the directing is amazing. However the movie lost me at the second part. It got a lot weaker as it progressed. The directing is still amazing, but the story isn't that interesting. But the first half more than makes up for the second.
Rated 31 Dec 2006
4
70th
Equates sex and death - those two favorite concerns of the adolescent male - like few films I've seen outside of Cronenberg's ouevre. And yet the Marines' testosterone-fueled rage is ultimately rendered hollow in the face of wartime horrors, as their transformation from empathetic human beings into remorseless killing machines is completed. Like so many other Kubrick films, unjustly chastized - but unlike most, its critical reevaluation is yet to come.
Rated 09 Feb 2007
90
89th
Full Metal Jacket is great. The first half of this film is absolutely amazing. R. Lee Ermey was fantastic as drill Sgt. Hartman. But eventually, the movie starts to take a turn for the worse, but thats not a bad thing at all. Kubrick still shines in his direction, but its as if a completely new movie came into the picture. Full Metal Jacket perfectly executes how brutal war is, even before your sent off to battle. This film is packed with extremely memorable scenes, most being with Ermey. Great.
Rated 21 Apr 2007
10
97th
The futility of war has never looked better, a reason why I liked its heavily criticized second part. Recommended !!!
Rated 02 Feb 2017
96
90th
Pretty awesome movie. A war movie directed by Stanley Kubrick. I cannot really complain! The story was really good but the little bit about Private Pyle and that boot camp was the more interesting part of the film. Still, the characters are all good and well-acted and the directing and music score are all great. If you haven't seen this yet you need to.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
37th
Like most people, I consider the first part to be the best. The dehumanizing rigors of drilling, the transformation of Pyle, and all those colorful lines that explode out of Ermey's mouth. By contrast, the dialogue in the rest of the movie is horribly clichéd and poorly delivered. The middle section is an unfocused hodge-podge of "Vietnam stuff". Some of it is interesting, but for the most part it seems to belong to a lesser film. Only at the sniper episode does the film regain its legs.
Rated 21 Dec 2009
93
91st
A harrowing film about boot camp and Vietnam. Bootcamp is scarier.
Rated 05 Sep 2010
95
99th
"Full Metal Jacket" is Stanley Kubrick's best film and the best war movie ever made. The first part is funnier than "Dr. Strangelove", while the second is more shocking than fifty hours of "Saving Private Ryan". Amazing soundtrack, terrific direction and fantastic performances, particularly from Ermey and D'Onofrio add up to a mind-blowing result, a film that can have you laugh with your heart and pick up your jaw from the floor at the same time.
Rated 29 Dec 2009
84
81st
Interesting how this movie had two halves. I liked the first half more, with Gomer Pyle(sp?). The way that half ended caught me off guard and really made the rest of the film tough to match. Modine's character had some good lines in the 2nd part as he struggled to figure out what was the right side to be on. Scenes like Christmas day tried to show me how different life is in boot camp or at war. Also finally found out where 2 Live Crew took that hook from.
Rated 09 Feb 2007
4
74th
Its politics are less pointed than in Kubrick's previous anti-war efforts, and instead Full Metal Jacket exists in philosophical spheres: a Venn diagram of the man and the machine, the self and the shadow, and indeed the first half and the second, between which there is no large gap of quality, and each of which would cease to meaningfully function without the other. It is interesting to watch, then, how Kubrick shoots this psychological miasma with aesthetic clarity and precision.
Rated 23 Jun 2012
85
86th
"Well, sure Vietnam was fun. But not like goin-to-the-circus fun, or fly-fishin-in-Montana fun. No, Vietnam was more like shovin' shards of broken glass up your ass and then sittin' in a tub of Tabasco sauce fun."
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
78th
A really good film. The first have was the best, and the second half was almost a different movie. It's a little different than any other war movie I've seen.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
60th
Good movie even though R. Lee Ermey makes the first half far better than the second half.
Rated 26 Sep 2015
89
89th
Normally it would be alarming that the boot camp half feels heavier than the war half, but Lee Ermey really was that guy. Military cadences have never been more obnoxious. Its interesting how Joker internalizes the suicide and never speaks of it during the entire second act. I think it's a bit too on the nose that the peace sign/born to kill helmet gets called out and explained, but I know folks who think the movie is just about how badass the marines are so go figure. The duality of moviegoers.
Rated 01 Aug 2009
92
98th
Kubrick's talents knew no limits! Full Metal Jacket is about as good a war film as ever made. A film of two seperate halves, with each half in its own way as brutal and as savage as the other, as Kubrick gives us a shocking account of the horrors of war. The script is one of the finest in movie history, the performances are top notch and as always Kubrick's work behind the camera near flawless.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
7
84th
R. Lee Ermey makes the first half of the movie the most intense, funny, scary, entertaining extended war training montage in cinematic history, and I love it. The latter half is a big step down, but still a good war movie. The problem is that Kubrick's cold, perfectionist style fails to really capture the intensity of war, but on the other hand - Adam Baldwin!
Rated 15 Aug 2007
90
85th
On my most recent re-watch I noticed two new things. First, I noticed some compassion coming from Drill Sergeant Hartman. Previously I had just seen him as breaking balls, but now I see that he was really trying to help Pyle, and was actually proud that he finally made a soldier out of him. Second, I noticed the symbolic regression of Pyle into childhood. Sucking his thumb, crying in bed, needing help lacing his shoes, needing help getting dressed. Food for thought.
Rated 09 Nov 2009
75
67th
Feels like two movies. The first half is about boot camp for a squadron of Marines and has some pretty intense and gritty moments. It also holds what is considered the gold standard for drill sergeant roles by R. Lee Ermey. The second half follows the character Joker during the Vietnam War. While it has some great parts as well it never seems to match the energy the first half brought, which is a shame.
Rated 21 Jul 2008
100
98th
Amazing first half backed up by a superb second half. Full of iconic scenes and incredible acting!
Rated 12 Dec 2006
97
99th
A superb war film and both halves would be nothing without the other. The first half, the training, is often viewed as the best part because it has more memorable characters and a better story, but it'd be nothing if there weren't a second part to put that training in context of a brutal confusing war.
Rated 19 Jul 2008
75
81st
Full Metal Jacket is a film of two excellent halves, iconic scenes and great performances. Personally I think the first half is by far the most intelligently developed and hard-hitting, although Kubrick does an equally great job at directing the second half it just somehow feels a little shallow and empty at points. However what the movie does sport is a catalogue of memorable quotes, fantastic characters and the portrayal of the equally brutal mental battles raging within the training grounds.
Rated 03 Aug 2014
80
83rd
The boot camp first half dragged on too long, but ended with a bang. The middle goes nowhere. The last half has some war action and picks up considerably. Most of the acting felt genuine, and there was some mildly gritty material. I was left wondering what the point was. If they are saying war is hell, then they missed a lot of opportunities to say that better. Good music. Technically it is very well made, but the story feels incomplete and unfinished.
Rated 19 Apr 2009
9
91st
The change of well movie half way through is great.
Rated 31 Mar 2007
100
95th
Alternatively funny and horrifying war story. A real film, done the way only Kubrick did them
Rated 23 Jun 2011
90
95th
A brilliant war movie. The score and soundtrack was amazing, the use of humourus songs against the backdrop of the destructive and horrifying scenes was a masterstroke. A tense, funny, frightening second half is almost a complete contrast to the first half. The dialogue is the first half is better than most comedies these days. Some amazing scenery in the second half. I can't give this a higher score because I think it lacks any real emotional punch, which would have lifted it to near perfect.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
76th
Worth a good rating for the first half alone. After that, I usually turn it off.
Rated 27 Mar 2008
7
77th
A hard film to rate. The boot camp stuff is pretty much brilliant, but the second half is so different that it feels unstructured, which is strange for Kubrick.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
97
99th
R. Lee Ermey is a god among men in this movie. Kubrick delivers a grand slam with this pull-no-punches look at Marine life in the time of the Vietnam war. Great characters, great dialogue, great story. Very few movies top this in terms of excellence.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
96th
Quite possibly the ultimate Vietnam movie in two acts. Amazing acting provided by a very heavy Vincent D'Onofrio as "Gomer Pyle" and the rest of the cast are combined with viscereal visuals and mood. Incredible.
Rated 26 Nov 2018
85
74th
Although the first half tends to be the most memorable, FMJ sits through as an intense, funny, and dark depiction of war. The dehumanization of these recruits is far from cheesy, and becomes powerful when it needs to be. Kubrick is a master at showcasing his brilliance and uses a very stylistic score. Wouldn't mind revisiting this down the road at all.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
81st
My score is for the FIRST HALF of the movie alone. I hated the second half, and thought it was boring as a bastard. The first half (essentially the boot camp) was amazing, and R. Lee Ermey earned an Oscar by just being himself.
Rated 05 Apr 2009
90
89th
Would be given a full 100 if the second half of the film wasn't as outstanding as the first. But I bet I'd still like it if the second half was entirely made up of them fucking the Asian prostitute, that's how much I love the first part. Great film.
Rated 09 Jun 2009
100
96th
Pile's suicide is one of the most memorable scenes in cinema.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
89th
The first half is just frigging fantastic. The second half is just another war movie.
Rated 02 Dec 2015
67
37th
Not great, but some memorable scenes and a fairly interesting style. There are better war films out there and this one feels a bit empty but it does enough things differently to have its own identity.
Rated 30 Nov 2008
85
83rd
Good, but I felt it was rather overrated. Like what's been said by others, the first half is great, the second is somewhat forgettable.
Rated 30 Jun 2011
70
64th
boot camp is brilliant, but the actual vietnam scenes inevitably feel like a poor man's Apocalypse Now, which completely dominates this film in its depiction of the psychological breakdown within the jungle. the criticism of the second half is justified; much of the so-called "intense" scenes just seemed to drag on, and i didn't much care for joker as a protagonist.
Rated 11 Dec 2016
80
77th
I don't quite follow the first/second half debate. The themes are clear throughout, and the opening act serves to reinforce what we see later. [SPOILERS] They're halves of a whole- all that drilling and exercise and punishment just so they can fumble around in a pile of rocks getting killed by a little girl? If you were bored because there were fewer dick jokes and n-words in the second half then you missed the disgusting, despairing satire of the thing.
Rated 09 May 2008
78
68th
This is a strange film, parts of it are great, parts of it seem to totally miss the mark. The first half is certainly stronger than the second, but the second still is still decent enough.
Rated 06 Jan 2008
93
94th
Full Metal Jacket is sort of like two very intense war films taped together. The acting is great, especially of course, if it counts as acting for R. Lee Ermey, who was really just doing a job he was already good at. The fury is real. The feel of the film is both scary and awe inspiring. It's brilliant film making by Stanley Kubrick. Awesome!
Rated 30 Jul 2012
95
91st
Like all later Kubrick films, it's a one of a kind experience every bit as powerfully filmed as it is intellectually challenging. The first act produces some of the most interesting moments in any movie and I thought the rest of the film, though not as initially striking (yet what can be) was extremely well thought out.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
82
71st
The beginning is the best.
Rated 04 Oct 2008
90
94th
Doesn't matter that the second half doesn't quite live up to the first when the initial 35 drill-instructing minutes is THAT outstanding.
Rated 21 Dec 2006
95
95th
A classic - one of the truly epic war movies.
Rated 11 Aug 2014
85
68th
Despite its unevenness and dry theatrics, there's still something to be said about the hauntingly memorable story of a microcosm of forgotten pain in the time and place that's almost memorialized by even the most brutally real Vietnam films. Pyle is somebody we'll always remember. And the fact that the movie moves on with Joker, never to mention Pyle again, is to still highlight and commemorate Pyle as the murmuring heart of Full Metal Jacket.
Rated 18 Jan 2007
85
64th
Great first half, second half is good, too, but in comparison to the first half seems week.
Rated 27 Dec 2010
84
82nd
Great portrait of the brainwashing at the bootcamp. After that the pace drops a little too much, which makes it lose some points. However the sarcastic dialogues and soliloquys are at times truly brillliant and the last few minutes sent shivers down my spine. The last song really summarises it all, war is a strange strange thing!
Rated 03 Jul 2012
95
98th
A hardy Kubrikian effort that warms on you with repeated viewings, that is, if you love Kubrick long time.
Rated 09 Jul 2010
100
89th
Considered in my opinion one of the best war films ever. I love the 2 parts of the film showing Basic training and the war in Vietnam. The characters develop very well for seeing the majority of the cast that made it into Vietnam part. Joker is the most developing and I love the sergeant. Very well written, cinematography and overall just a great action film with one of the best storylines and elements. Great film, a masterpiece, and personally Kubrick's best.
Rated 24 Feb 2007
80
95th
Brilliant.
Rated 22 Sep 2008
75
47th
This movie's first act is so terrific you could swear it will be a perfect movie. Alas, the rest of it has trouble finding its plot or even message. Plenty of great scenes follow but you miss the clockwork precision of the beginning.
Rated 04 Nov 2010
89
89th
The first part of the movie (boot camp scenes) is an incredible and accurate view on the dehumanization of young people. Sadly, Matthew Modine can't really carry the second half of the movie, like Vincent D'Onofrio does to the first. Animal Mother, is, ironically, the most likable character on the second part.
Rated 21 Mar 2007
85
70th
Amazing first part, but the movie lags afterwards.
Rated 11 Feb 2008
93
99th
Private Pyle actually survived the suicide attempt to become a member of the NYPD's Criminal Intent investigative group.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
71
84th
Edit - In the decades since my original opinion was drawn, this movie has soured a bit for me. The more I see it, the more it seems disjointed and almost unfinished at times. The first half of the film is spent burning two characters into our souls, Pyle and Hartman, only to see both of them gone, and to be left with shells of characters we know almost nothing about. Joker surely has a harrowing journey, but it carries almost none of the impact of what came before it, besides the final scene.
Rated 13 Feb 2009
100
0th
The first half is the best. The second half is also the best.
Rated 17 May 2007
76
75th
First half was great, second half was mainly forgettable.
Rated 29 Apr 2011
90
95th
Holy shit sergeant Hartman is awful/incredible/insane/amazing. Also the ending of the first half is fantastic. Second half wasn't quite as good as the first, but the ending again of the second half is really great. Very Kubricky, good shots
Rated 08 Feb 2008
81
68th
Great first half, goes a little downhill in the second half. Joker isn't interesting or developed enough to base the entire 2nd half on. R. Lee Ermy was also a hard act to follow before he became completely over-exposed and started playing the same character in every movie. The first half, and Private Pyle, is where it's at.
Rated 24 May 2010
70
77th
Yeah, the latter portion of the movie is radically different than the first part, but isn't that the point? Boot camp vs the reality of war?
Rated 24 Aug 2009
5
6th
Haunting film. The conclusions to both the first and third acts are truly harrowing. Wonderful original music composed by Vivian Kubrick.
Rated 25 Feb 2011
95
99th
this anti-war gem is somehow different from every other there is. by the time it actually depicts the terror of war itself, it's almost over. and yet it holds its own as a gripping tale of how people need to abandon many aspects of their humanity to the experience of kill or be killed. it never overstates, there are no prosaic martyrs, just messed up people trying to get through somehow. it's exactly how i imagine war and its preambles from a soldiers point of view.
Rated 20 Jun 2009
90
78th
First section is amazing - second section drags. But nonetheless, a classic of the medium.
Rated 05 Feb 2008
78
18th
I only really liked the first "half" of this movie.
Rated 03 Aug 2007
85
75th
I've never seen the second half, and I never intend to. But the first half of this movie is well-nigh perfect.
Rated 04 Aug 2007
78
73rd
Brilliant first half, highly flawed second one.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
98
97th
One of the greatest movie about war I ever seen!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
77
58th
85 for the first half, 70 for the second.
Rated 14 Aug 2008
93
97th
"GET OFF MY OB-STACLE! GET. THE. FUCK. OFF OF MY OB-STACLE!!!"
Rated 14 Aug 2007
73
72nd
Amazing beginning that the last half just can't keep up with.
Rated 13 Aug 2009
100
99th
One of my favourite war movies of all time.
Rated 04 Oct 2008
89
93rd
Kubrick had a talent for stirring up the audience, this movie is definitely another proof for that. Yet, whatever topic he worked on, his movies were never mediocre. They are all made with such an intensity and precision that they may be not the easiest to watch but all the more worth it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
9
93rd
I actually like the second half just as much.
Rated 14 Dec 2008
90
78th
such a good movie! it starts off kinda funny, in boot camp. but once private pyle shoots the DI it becomes a serious movie. and has some very intense moments. i just love stanley kubrick
Rated 03 Feb 2009
76
31st
Less a movie and more a set piece for catchphrases.
Rated 27 Jul 2008
95
97th
I would argue that this is the most relevant film, from a sociological standpoint, that Kubrick has made. It very effectively showed the mental effects of war on soldiers in such a way that puts it on-par with (or above) movies like 'Platoon'. 'Jacket' is endlessly quotable, topped with classic Kubrick icing. Whether through an academic or purely-pleasurable lens, 'Jacket' delivers a unique, moving viewing experience. It is nothing short of required viewing for any movie fan.
Rated 22 Dec 2013
94
85th
Intense, tightly constructed, and darkly comic at times, Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket may not boast the most original of themes, but it is exceedingly effective at communicating them.
Rated 23 Dec 2010
95
86th
My 2nd favorite war film of all time and another Kubrick masterpiece. 1st half is one of the best cinema moments of all time. However, 2nd half is only slightly above average and brings it down slightly from being another Kubrick masterpiece, but still wonderful nevertheless
Rated 10 Aug 2011
70
38th
First half is awesome. Second half is... meh
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
65th
another one where if you haven't seen this you shouldn't be reading this
Rated 14 Aug 2007
92
91st
Moody, introspective war picture, cynical and darkly humorous in all the right places.
Rated 29 Nov 2011
95
90th
The two halves are very different in tone and pacing, but each is excellent in their own ways. I don't prefer one over the other. It's a very savage and brutal film all the way through and it took me a long time to realize that the comedy, while hilarious, is something that you have to look through to get the full sinister implications happening.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
89th
Awesome. Probably the best Nam movie ever made.
Rated 09 Jan 2010
91
97th
I feel like such a freak for thinking the second half's just as good, if not a little better.
Rated 05 Oct 2011
93
95th
Yes, the second half is a masterpiece as well.
Rated 01 Feb 2010
88
90th
Full Metal Jacket is another excellent film by Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick can create such an atmosphere in his movies that you forget what is right and what is wrong. The first half was amazing with some memorable scenes, but in the next half the story shifts towards the humanitarian aspect and how brutal war really is.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
83
77th
The first half is absolutely fantastic, the second half however is more reminiscent of Apocalypse Now/Platoon
Rated 30 Aug 2007
84
83rd
It's not really that the second half is inferior to the first, it's that the first and third acts (with R. Lee Ermey and the sniper, respectively) are superior to the second act, which is not as entertaining or gripping. Not as consistent as Kubrick's other films, but entertaining in spite of its flaws.
Rated 07 Apr 2011
75
62nd
Brilliant first half of the film and somewhat bland second half.
Rated 27 Jul 2017
81
74th
Intense, but the first half :(
Rated 10 Oct 2013
98
93rd
Is man a killer animal? Is there an inherent beauty in violence? Is it all just another part of the cosmic comedy? Or is it only some, say, Amerikans in, shall we say, Vietnam, who bring true evil to the table? A nation of ignorant, cruel, psychopathic rapist boys, eyes wide shut, killing teenagers for fun and freedom, singing about the Mickey Mouse Club? Were they made by generals and politicians and the Machine? When will this country ever admit to itself what really happened Over There?
Rated 25 Sep 2010
79
67th
The second half isn't terrible, but it's just not as good as the boot camp parts. Still a great movie either way.
Rated 30 May 2011
80
61st
The first part is great. The second part was decent but not outstanding.
Rated 24 Feb 2008
90
95th
One of the best war-dramas I've seen. The acting was just brilliant. The emotions are true and you believe everything right away just as it should be in movies.
Rated 16 Jan 2008
81
62nd
Great start, but loses something along the way.
Rated 07 Jul 2009
75
55th
The drill instructor played by R. Lee Ermey never fails to amuse, and this is important because the first half of the film relies solely on his dialog to stay afloat. I would've preferred a little more substance. The second half fails to do anything real amazing at all, but is still a passable war story. Overall I feel that this film is overrated but it is still a respectable Kubrick film that fans of war movies will enjoy.
Rated 30 Mar 2014
90
91st
PEople say you'll like the first half, but honestly I like both halves.
Rated 22 Jan 2008
75
77th
The first half is pure classic. I'd give that a 90 and the rest a 60. So there we go: 75 it is. Watch everything up until they leave for Vietnam over and over and maybe just skip the rest.

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