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Platoon

1986
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Rated 21 Dec 2007
7
84th
The stars of "Two and a Half Men," "Entourage," and "Scrubs" all come together to delight you in this comic farce which dares to ask the hilarious question, "What moral crisis would YOU face if confronted with the horrors of war and the evils man is capable of?" Oh, for silly laughs!
Rated 26 Jul 2019
85
80th
Charlie goes to the trees to record some unnecessary voice-over work just like his father before him. Some folks are born, maaaaade to raise the flag, OOOH that red white and bl-wait what the fuck, Adagio for Strings? Bullshit, this movie is completely inaccurate!
Rated 03 Jul 2018
82
91st
Many comparisons to the other titans of Vietnam War films, but that doesn't seem fair and it's certainly unnecessary. No film NEEDS to be the definitive Vietnam movie but luckily for all of us, there was one. Stone did his best with what he believes and that's commendable. Kubrick and Coppola created masterpieces that touch on things beyond Vietnam investigating all war along with human nature, but even they couldn't really capture the essence of 'Nam. No, only Operation Dumbo Drop could captu..
Rated 23 Dec 2020
96
92nd
A film so immersive it feels less like a viewing & more like you're listening to someone retell the events. Obviously the story is autobiographical almost to the point of memoir. But it takes a step back by actualizing the war's contentious politics in the characters--including a pragmatic leader, a sadist, and bigots. With amazing technical aspects (especially the painterly photography and brisk editing) this picture began a decade long era of Stone being the best American filmmaker there was.
Rated 25 Apr 2019
90
83rd
Harrowing and ugly war film is a high water mark of capturing the look, feel and even smell of wartime combat without romanticising it in the slightest - there are no 'heroes' here; the breakdown of Sheen's character from disaffected idealist to savage perpetrator of violence is tough to stomach and perhaps robs the film of an emotional, more viscerally satisfying follow-through. Still an impressive achievement; Dafoe and Berenger are both magnificent as Sheen's duelling father figures.
Rated 13 Nov 2014
80
80th
Like being shouted at for 2 hours but I liked it. It's overbearingly emotional, urgent and very much of its time. Not a flawless war film by any means but with all its hysterical pathos, it's perhaps the definitive American film about the war in Vietnam.
Rated 05 Mar 2019
72
62nd
And the coolest movie scar award goes to Tom Berenger... I was waiting for Dafoe's hands to blow up, then I realized that was Tropic Thunder.
Rated 13 Dec 2010
84
75th
I found this film very difficult to watch, as scenes such as the "village raid" are incredibly brutal and do a great job of showing how terrible people can be. But, of course, that is a good thing because, let's face it, stuff like this is important to understand. I learned in Iraq that the attitude of many of my friends is that "Americans can do no wrong", which is bullshit. I think the characters of Dafoe and Berenger did a great job of illustrating this, even though the theme is over apparent
Rated 21 Jun 2012
85
80th
I would say this ends up being more watchable than Apocalypse Now but doesn't have same quality in a some technical aspects most notably acting and cinematography. It also would have been better if I stopped watching just before Sheen's closing monologue. That was a terrible ending monologue that was just over board with cliche "the war was within us". If you haven't seen it, stop when they put Sheen on the chopper and you'll like it more.
Rated 20 Sep 2010
86
96th
I personally feel Apocalypse Now does a better job with the dark internal strife amongst the U.S. forces during this war, but Platoon does a better job balancing the action with it.
Rated 29 Apr 2013
71
87th
A solid portrayal of moral dilemmas and horrors during wartime. There are movies that have covered both of those topics more thoroughly and powerfully, and this one sometimes verges towards being obvious, overdone, or melodramatic, but overall it's a well-acted, well-filmed, haunting, iconic look at the Vietnam conflict.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
97th
A overdramatized, but ultimately harrowing and insightful look into the themes of the Vietnam War. An American Classic.
Rated 08 Feb 2019
65
42nd
Certainly not a bad film, but it lacks any sort of nuance or subtlety. Perhaps groundbreaking in showing a darker side to America's involvement in Vietnam. The narration was super cheesy.
Rated 23 Jun 2007
83
89th
Platoon is another outstanding war film. Every character feels like somebody you can distinctly recognise and get to know quickly throughout the course of the film. This is created by the great cast, I can't think of any obvious bad performances, really allowing you to develop some kind of bond with the movie. This is nowhere more obvious than the grueling conflicts between not just the Vietnamese and the American troopers, but also the ongoing tension between Berenger and Dafoe. Excellent.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
3
38th
Good god somebody kill John C. McGinley already.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
2
21st
Terribly written and acted.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
50th
Good, not great. No major flaws, but other movies have done similar things better.
Rated 29 Jan 2013
70
69th
So this is why Charlie Sheen is so fucked up, I get it now.
Rated 03 Jul 2012
89
88th
Informed by director Oliver Stone's personal experiences in Vietnam, Platoon foregoes easy sermonizing in favor of a harrowing, ground-level view of war, bolstered by no-holds-barred performances from Charlie Sheen and Willem Dafoe.
Rated 30 Sep 2014
75
64th
Very impactful, but a bit too slow paced.
Rated 05 Jul 2011
65
42nd
"Platoon" is a solid if overpraised film that, despite its realistic depiction of combat, largely remains a clichéd and corny affair. Stone is obviously a gifted visual director, but merely a decent writer -the overwrought voice-overs and cheesy "wisdoms" really bring this down. Also, the soldiers are mostly unlikable, including Chris, partially due to Sheen's mediocre performance. It's still a good film because it's well-made, naturalistic and sometimes touching, but too flawed to be great.
Rated 07 Aug 2010
88
79th
It won't make you smile.
Rated 03 Jun 2013
80
77th
War War is never easy.
Rated 09 Sep 2007
90
98th
The only war film I have ever felt connected to. All of the others seem spectacularly melodramatic, over-dramatized, and distant when compared to Platoon. Flawless, maybe.
Rated 26 Jul 2010
90
80th
There are some very hard-hitting, beautiful and iconic scenes to be found in Oliver Stone's Platoon. The battles and the jungle are wonderfully shot and the scenes in the village are cringeworthy. It's all rounded out by great performances from Berenger, Dafoe and Sheen.
Rated 28 Nov 2015
65
19th
One of the worst movies to take someone on a first date to.
Rated 16 Mar 2011
90
90th
Stone found the perfect way to portray the impossible struggle of the Americans against the vietcong, and the misery and intern battles among the soldiers that brought with it. Amazing cast with 2 key roles for Dafoe and Berenger. And and amazing soundtrack existing of only one song that get's you time after time.
Rated 12 Jul 2009
90
94th
Not Charlie Sheen's best performance, but Dafoe and the other cast make up for it ten-fold. Portrays the Vietnam Conflict flawlessly.
Rated 20 Jan 2008
86
87th
Among the classics of war movies. Top performances from the whole cast to an excellent screenplay.
Rated 22 Jun 2010
82
92nd
One of most depressing Vietnam-era movies.
Rated 30 Aug 2009
79
62nd
Forget Apocalypse Now, forget Full Metal Jacket, this is the film, for me at least, that really gave the Vietnam War an on-screen soul. Heartbreaking, twisted and effortlessly cool.
Rated 01 Sep 2007
60
33rd
Gritty and somewhat realistic at times. Since I [Army] and my brother [Marine Corps] did tours there, we know that much of what was portrayed was both exagerrated and rare. Most ogf the guys just did there assignments hoping to complete their tours w/o being maimed or killed.
Rated 25 Apr 2020
7
50th
I was expecting more of an 80's cokehead action movie but this was surprisingly deep and handled everything with a lot of seriousness and grace.
Rated 12 Aug 2010
84
97th
#90s(e)#, reviews, story
Rated 18 Mar 2007
82
65th
Great movie that describes what soldiers go through under hard times with little support.
Rated 03 Nov 2011
94
98th
Haunting war movie with emotionally gripping music (Barber, Adagio for Strings). A must see.
Rated 05 Apr 2015
9
91st
Platoon is one of the first films based on the Vietnam War that I experienced. And it comfortably remains as one of the best films of its kind. As a harrowing and brutal insight of the Vietnam War and as an insanely intense action film, Oliver Stone balances the shocks and enjoyment well. The cast is impressive also with Willem Dafoe & Tom Berenger in particular both giving incredible performances. Charlie Sheen feels somewhat misplaced though. All round this is one of Oliver Stone's best films.
Rated 26 Oct 2019
70
53rd
Chris Taylor: "Somebody once wrote, "Hell is the impossibility of reason." That's what this place feels like. Hell."
Rated 14 Jul 2013
90
66th
Best war film, in my opinion. Dafoe and Berenger are terrific. Oliver Stone is at the top of his game. Definite must see.
Rated 28 Jul 2008
90
93rd
Probably the definitive VietNam film in most eyes, but I think Full Metal Jacket keeps right up with it.
Rated 28 Mar 2011
76
60th
The most effective parts of the film were the chaotic battle scenes. Charlie Sheen does a passable job. Actually this movie has an excellent cast, but most of the actors seem wasted by having only a few lines. I would've accepted a longer running time in exchange for some more characterization.
Rated 09 Jul 2010
65
44th
Very stupid messages, especially the final voice-over and generally the race issue. Some good performances (Berenger, and especially Dafoe) along with bad (Charlie Sheen sucks). Having watched Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket nobody can like this I think. Very stupid use of music (Adagio for Strings, the song that has been played in Kennedy'^s funeral): using just one song throughout the movie until you feel sick.
Rated 10 Mar 2012
85
91st
One of the better war movies I've seen. It's not quite as good as Apocalypse Now or The Thin Red Line, but I would imagine that it is a pretty accurate depiction of the Vietnam War. The best part of the film is the moral separation between the two factions of the platoon, demonstrated by great performances by Dafoe and Berenger. I thought Charlie Sheen was just ok.
Rated 29 Jul 2010
88
62nd
Really chilling war movie.
Rated 01 Apr 2007
100
95th
Classic war story. Absolutely has to be seen on the big screen to be fully appreciated
Rated 26 Jun 2012
85
85th
That Vietnam war does not look like a good time. On a more serious note, compares favourably with Apocalypse Now, despite having the wrong Sheen, as a slightly less over-the-top examination of the muddied moral waters of an unwinable guerilla war. Full of top notch performances, and even Stone's occasionally clunky dialogue doesn't get in the way. A genre classic.
Rated 11 Feb 2015
95
97th
It's between this and Apocalypse Now for the title of "definitive Vietnam movie." That should tell you how brilliant this is. The rivalry between Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger is its best quality. Platoon doesn't necessarily do anything you haven't seen in other war movies, but it does it better than most all of them.
Rated 17 Feb 2010
90
81st
Prequel to Tom Berenger's The Substitute, bummer they had to retcon so much.
Rated 26 Jan 2019
82
85th
War … it's Fantastic! … or at least it is in cinematic form. Obviously it's grim as fuck in reality which Platoon does a solid job of portraying. Berenger and Dafoe are outstanding here and the rest of the young cast perform memorably. Despite the overall quality the standout aspect is the simple yet effectively haunting and moving soundtrack.
Rated 09 Apr 2012
89
97th
Dafoe, Dillon, and Berenger make this movie for me. It's so hard to rank the great (anti-)war films, but this could never be left out of that conversation.
Rated 16 Feb 2007
100
99th
A great ensemble cast with memorable characters and memorable scenes. Did not lose interest once watching this,
Rated 17 Jul 2014
75
67th
Of all the Vietnam War movies I've seen I care about this one the least.
Rated 08 Mar 2012
83
92nd
Oliver Stone's NAM masterpiece. What makes this movie work is the music. That and great acting from the entire cast, gripping story telling and some good directing from mr.Stone make this a must watch! This is my number three in best (NAM) war movies ever, first being Apocalypse Now, second being FMJ. An epic movie in every way. And what music.. One song the entire movie.. on repeat.. and every time i watch it still so moving, such impact! Incredible!
Rated 01 Jul 2011
80
78th
A very good film about the Vietnam War, which is helped by Stone's own involvement in the war and his own experiences influencing the story. The cast list is impressive, full of character actors who would mostly go onto great things, all of which including Charlie Sheen help make the film as good as it is. Also worthy of mention is the use of sound, or lack of it, which partly creates the tense atmosphere of the conflict.
Rated 17 Jan 2010
85
92nd
Platoon is less about the war itself but a dysfunctional surrogate family with clashing morals. This is probably Oliver Stone's best film and it's often criticized for its portrayal of Vietnam soldiers but the criticism has to be taken as a compliment because of how many military establishment hackles it raises. The battle scenes are brutal and chaotic. If you take into consideration Stone's own military experiences the film is uncomfortably close to the truth.
Rated 14 Mar 2010
83
61st
Awesomely Awesome!
Rated 20 Nov 2016
90
78th
Platoon may not be the most compelling Vietnam War drama to hit the big screen, but it's certainly a moving experience, and testament to Oliver Stone's ability to tell complex stories with ease.
Rated 19 Aug 2010
95
79th
Probably one of the better Oliver Stone movies. So emotional and draining by the end of the film. Really great performances and a realistic script make this film very highly recommended.
Rated 02 Aug 2007
86
76th
Oliver Stone has made many films about the Vietnam war, but none other than Platoon so starkly realizes the war for what it was: A mindlessly unorganized campaign run by an overconfident government. In this setting, he exposes the truths of the war much like Apocalypse Now, but at the same time creates a multi-faceted character piece that won't soon be forgotten.
Rated 24 Jun 2008
97
99th
all around great movie.
Rated 18 Mar 2011
87
92nd
A war movie classic
Rated 04 Mar 2019
79
68th
A morally ambiguous exploration of the ground soldiers' experience in Vietnam. The film and the cast effectively convey the psychological toll of war.
Rated 15 Jan 2009
94
85th
Distinctly relatable and plays out the conflict between the Vietnamese and US troops perfectly.
Rated 03 Mar 2010
8
92nd
Brilliant anti-war film that stands the test of time. A powerful and affecting story of the effect of war on individual's humanity. chaotic and brutal.
Rated 09 Jan 2016
76
50th
Platoon, the first Nam film written and directed by a Nam veteran, was at the time a memory. A memory of Stone's youth painstakingly recreated to capture the reality. But as the film ages, its artifice becomes clearer. Stone did not capture the reality of war, instead his actors are toy soldiers, telling the fantastical version of the war. It's no more realistic than Predator. But this isn't a slight - instead it puts the movie in its own world of the images burned into Oliver Stone's mind.
Rated 04 Sep 2010
95
94th
This movie is an experience!
Rated 08 Jul 2007
93
99th
Paints a very dark portrait of Vietnam, but your eyes are glued to the screen. Berenger and Dafoe are the pillars of this film and both deliver fantastic performances.
Rated 09 Mar 2011
87
85th
This movie perfectly conveys the meaninglessness of war. In fact, it does so better than almost every other anti-war movie I've seen, with exception perhaps to Paths of Glory. The characters are all nicely drawn and the battle scenes are painted with quick moments of shocking violence. It truly shows what it must have been like to be there. My only complaint is some occasionally over the top acting/dialog by some of the minor characters. This is definitely one of the great Vietnam films.
Rated 23 Sep 2007
3
61st
Decent. I prefer Apocalypse Now.
Rated 20 Oct 2013
83
87th
it reflects the terribleness of war succesfully...
Rated 23 Apr 2012
94
79th
Oliver Stones likeness for war movies aces a war movie thanks to the story line and great performances from Willem Defoe and, yes, even Charlie Sheen. Berenger is excellent too.
Rated 24 Nov 2017
88
89th
stone gives a good sense of being "in the moment" scenes feel alive,natural and instead of ending when the plot needs to move they end when nothing more needs to be seen -- in a good way, not a drawnout boring way. good use of music and sound, music especially being carefully applied to not break the "reality" stone created. expected more visually, thought i would be WOWed by the cinematography but i wasnt. oh well its adequate
Rated 05 Jan 2010
95
82nd
One of the best war films.
Rated 04 Mar 2013
80
65th
Not without its flaws, but it's evocative and effectively communicates its message.
Rated 01 May 2008
80
76th
If one have in mind that Stone was there in his youth, and are able to accept the periodically overbearing sentimentality, it's a rather powerful film able to compel and move.
Rated 02 Feb 2017
90
96th
Captivating and unsettling.
Rated 18 Apr 2010
87
84th
If you like cheese, and if you like Guns, and some pretty aweful acting mixed with some quite good characters and explosions, then watch this movie. It has a pretty good soundtrack too.
Rated 25 Jul 2010
94
85th
One of the greatest war films created, Oliver Stone truly deserves the Oscar for this film
Rated 03 Apr 2014
80
57th
A good Vietnam war movie. Good performances by Charlie Sheen and Willem Dafoe.
Rated 24 Sep 2014
75
87th
When it's not more outdated than your average Vietnam movie (letters to grandma) it's truly harrowing (village visit).
Rated 13 Mar 2011
95
99th
Hmm... Apocalypse Now or Platoon? I think probably Ap Now, but only just by a gnats cock.
Rated 16 Jan 2018
90
86th
My new favorite war movie. I watched Hacksaw Ridge last year, it was compelling and gave so much humanity in the way of filmmaking does. Great movie. Platoon is even better. This is much more realistic and intense, so effective, it is more than just story telling, it sends message of how horrible the human can be and at the same time how fragile they actually are.When I get the message in the emotional level, its a truly great movie.
Rated 21 Jan 2012
80
73rd
The "greatness" of this film is a little lost on me. Fantastic is the cinematography, the battle scenes and the duo that is Berenger and Defore. Terrible is the narrative and Charlie Sheen. Everything in between makes a pretty good Vietnam flick that retreads a lot of material that has been told before.
Rated 05 Aug 2010
95
80th
a film chalk full of up and coming stars attached to a great story
Rated 12 May 2008
85
48th
applause!
Rated 09 Oct 2007
90
54th
Charlie Sheen in one of his best roles
Rated 11 Nov 2007
80
55th
Not as good as Stone's later films but it's gritty enough to be compelling. This film lacks subtlety but that is Stone's major weakness as a filmmaker. Great acting though, just nothing new to contribute that other great Vietname films hadn't already supplied.
Rated 20 Oct 2007
90
54th
This film hasn't aged all that well, but when it debuted, it was as gripping as Apocolypse Now was controversial. The exceptional cast carries the dramatic core of the film, the violence is graphic but restrained, the musical score haunting.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
85
49th
Charlie will never be Martin, though he comes closest trying to redo his father's masterpiece here. Solid film, but ultimately falls into being a stereotype of a war movie.
Rated 21 Mar 2007
2
13th
Things that suck: the narration, the writing, the acting, the score, John C. McGinley, Kevin Dillon, Oliver Stone. Things that don't suck: Keith David.
Rated 27 Feb 2008
79
84th
This is not your average Hollywood war movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
87th
Very good Vietnam war movie, the best that I've seen. Beats out 'Apocolypse Now' by miles, and does a better job of the actual war-aspect than 'Full Metal Jacket'.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
84th
One of the better Vietnam flicks, it's got good action and some really strong acting performances, especially from Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe.
Rated 06 Jan 2014
88
71st
Informed by director Oliver Stone's personal experiences in Vietnam, Platoon forgoes easy sermonizing in favor of a harrowing, ground-level view of war, bolstered by no-holds-barred performances from Charlie Sheen and Willem Dafoe.
Rated 10 Jan 2010
57
59th
Massively overpraised. Dafoe & Berenger are great but Sheen has never been suited for serious roles. The morality is so syrupy and cliched that it sometimes seems to slip into self-parody. There's even a soldier who dooms himself within seconds once he starts talking about his girlfriend. Can't believe there are people out there who think this is better than Apocalypse Now or FMJ.
Rated 02 Mar 2015
98
71st
A great war film and a essential 'nam film that effectively portrays the moral quandaries of war and the many horrors that one sees in combat. The cast is stellar and the score is great. definitely a great film and is certainly worth checking out.
Rated 29 May 2007
7
57th
repetitive score...
Rated 23 Nov 2014
79
61st
The point of the film is simple-minded and it achieves that immensely. Not the best (Vietnam) war film I've seen, but it puts its audience into the experience of war better than any film I've seen (not called Come and See), the cinematography and sound design are particular utilised well to give it this effect. Some points off for some pretty hokey narration towards the end.
Rated 13 Feb 2009
88
25th
Pretty darn good.
Rated 01 Jun 2012
80
41st
Willem Dafoe er den som gir meg mest. God film om Vietnam-krigen, dog ikke den beste. Dramatiseringen er godt skildret.

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