Apocalypse Now 1979

Critics score:
97 / 100

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Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: ...Coppola's sprawling, harrowing war story is not to be missed. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: There are worse ways to make movies, but there are a lot of better ones too. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: Apocalypse Now did help provide me, and many of my generation, with a vision of what film art could achieve, a vision so magnificent it doomed us to spend much of our subsequent moviegoing lives in a funk. Read more

Paul Tatara, CNN.com: ...the movie still has the power to floor you with its stunning sounds and imagery. Read more

Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News: Certainly, no movie in history has ever presented stronger proof that war is living hell. Read more

Vincent Canby, New York Times: As technically complex and masterful as any war film I can remember. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The film has one of the most haunting endings in cinema, a poetic evocation of what Kurtz has discovered, and what we hope not to discover for ourselves. Read more

Allen Barra, Salon.com: What the excitement was about was the unspoken belief that this film would put a cap on the most exciting decade in American film, that it would sum up everything that had come before and influence everything that came after... Read more

Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle: Apocalypse Now is a mixed bag, a product of excess and ambition, hatched in agony and redeemed by shards of brilliance. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: ...it's wonderful to see this hallucinatory folly-cum-near masterpiece again on the big screen. Read more

Tom Huddleston, Time Out: A film of pure sensation, dazzling audiences with light and noise, laying bare the stark horror - and unimaginable thrill - of combat. Read more

Dale Pollock, Variety: Alternately a brilliant and bizarre film, Francis Coppola's four year 'work in progress' offers the definitive validation to the old saw, 'war is hell.' Read more

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Gary Arnold, Washington Post: It's the cumulative effect generated by mixing richly portentous imagery with absurdly portentous prose, starkly portentous sound and flatulently portentous music. Read more