One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975

Critics score:
95 / 100

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Vincent Canby, New York Times: Even granting the artist his license, America is much too big and various to be satisfactorily reduced to the dimensions of one mental ward in a movie like this. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: Jack Nicholson plays McMurphy as if he were born to it, and the supporting cast provides fine, detailed performances. Read more

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly: There's a lot here. But with a classic like Cuckoo's Nest, too much is never enough. Read more

Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News: Nicholson explodes on the screen in a performance so flawless in timing and character perception that it should send half the stars in Hollywood back to acting school. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Viewed 30 years after its release, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest remains a very good motion picture, although one that perhaps just misses the pinnacle of greatness where its reputation suggests it resides. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest not a great film because it is manipulative, or is it great because it is so superbly manipulative? I can see it through either filter. Read more

Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine: One Flew over the Cuckoo 's Nest is an earnest attempt to make a serious film. But in the end the movie backs away from both the human reality and the cloudy but potent symbolism that Ken Kesey found in the asylum. Read more

Chris Petit, Time Out: Set in an insane asylum, the film involves the oppression of the individual, a struggle spearheaded by an ebullient Nicholson, turning in a star performance if ever there was one. Read more

A.D. Murphy, Variety: Jack Nicholson stars in an outstanding characterization of Ken Kesey's asylum anti-hero, McMurphy, and Milos Forman's direction of a superbly-cast film is equally meritorious. Read more