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The Good Soldiernew

Novelist Anthony Swofford says he won't play politics with Jarhead.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Keough  |  11-07-2005  |  Profiles & Interviews

Violence Is Golden

Sam Mendes' bleakly funny, stunningly realized Jarhead brings us a world in which violence, far from erupting, remains eternally, almost unnaturally, constrained.
Washington City Paper  |  Louis Bayard  |  11-04-2005  |  Reviews

Film's Look at War Forgoes Politics for Psychologynew

Despite the film's enormous empathy for the Marines and its engrossing technical proficiency, Jarhead's ambivalence keeps it from carrying out a clearly defined mission.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Curt Holman  |  11-04-2005  |  Reviews

Ready for Warnew

Though lacking a clear point of view, the film seems to say that war not only dehumanizes soldiers, but also infantilizes them. It’s not a pretty picture, but it is a lovely film.
Austin Chronicle  |  Marc Savlov  |  11-03-2005  |  Reviews

War is Hecknew

Although Jarhead displays vivid cinematography and a wonderfully compelling narrative, it never ceases to ironically reference other war films. But it's a damn good movie.
Dig Boston  |  David Wildman  |  11-03-2005  |  Reviews

The Waiting Game

Sam Mendes' timely adaptation of a marine memoirist's timely book focuses on the impotent frustration of warriors waiting to wage war, and the aura of unfinished business they leave in their wake.
Columbus Alive  |  Melissa Starker  |  11-03-2005  |  Reviews

An Interview with Anthony Swoffordnew

Times have changed, and the wars with them, and the erstwhile college teacher who wrote the book Jarhead takes a suitably long view of the literature of war.
Seattle Weekly  |  Brian Miller  |  11-02-2005  |  Profiles & Interviews

Unsure Shotnew

A new film depicts how a kid became a killer, almost, during the frustrating first Gulf War. Its main achievement is to get us inside Anthony Swofford's "empty vessel," the mind of a Marine, a "jarhead," as it is first formed by hardship, then filled with horror.
Seattle Weekly  |  Brian Miller  |  11-02-2005  |  Reviews

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