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100
Chicago Sun-Times
One of the great films of all time. It shames modern Hollywood's timidity. To watch it is to feel yourself lifted up to the heights where the cinema can take you, but so rarely does.
100
Rolling Stone
This is the untamed Apocalypse that Coppola envisioned in 1979 before money and mental pressures made him fear he had created something too long, too weird and too morally demanding for the masses.
100
The film now seems both mellowed and --thanks in part to the most vibrant-looking prints in its 22-year history -- revitalized.
100
Philadelphia Inquirer
It's an occasion for welcoming a restoration that transforms a flawed movie, one that was touched by greatness, into a masterpiece.
100
Magnificent to look at, thrilling, ingenious, spellbinding and superbly done on every level, this is not just one of the best films of the year or the decade, but of all time.
100
Christian Science Monitor
Episodic and uneven, but it has moments of great emotional power.
100
New York Post
The breathtaking visual and aural restoration by Coppola and Murch makes the film's original glories even more intense than you remember them.
91
Entertainment Weekly
Remains a majestic explosion of pure cinema. It's a hallucinatory poem of fear, projecting, in its scale and spirit, a messianic vision of human warfare stretched to the flashpoint of technological and moral breakdown.
90
Wall Street Journal
Whatever thematic clarity the added footage may confer is prosaic or didactic and intrusive; this stuff hit the cutting-room floor the first time around for good reason.
88
New York Daily News
The clear powerhouse in the new film is a scene where Kurtz, speaking with the twisted coherence of the true paranoid-schizophrenic, uses Time magazine articles and other references to justify his actions.
75
The new material makes the film seem lumpy and overstuffed.

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