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San Francisco Chronicle
Unique and courageous. It may be counted as one of the year's few steps forward in cinema.
New York Daily News
Here is something great and startling -- not necessarily the kind of comforting, consensus-creating film that wins Oscars, but unquestionably a movie that will live in the history of the medium.
One of the most curious and perversely brilliant films ever made in the American studio system. It's a shining example of qualities we don't normally see in our big theatrical pictures: vast ambition, huge resources and technical genius mated to a unique and compelling vision of life.
Mr. Showbiz
It's the awesome, metaphysically charged spectacle of man doing terrible things to man within the multicolored and multifarious cathedral of Nature.
An intensely internalized portrait of external pandemonium, a slippery, insidiously haunting work of poetry rather than brilliantly realized pulp.
Chicago Sun-Times
The movie's schizophrenia keeps it from greatness (this film has no firm idea of what it is about), but doesn't make it bad. It is, in fact, sort of fascinating: a film in the act of becoming, a field trial, an experiment in which a dreamy poet meditates on stark reality.
Christian Science Monitor
Although the story seems disjointed at times, no other war movie has tried so valiantly to convey not only the suffering of combat but the awful fissures it leaves between humanity's ideal oneness with itself and the world we live in.
The director is a poet of images.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Like no other war movie you've ever seen.
Entertainment Weekly
An epic aestheticization of World War II, a movie at once bold and baffling, immediate and abstract.
San Francisco Examiner
Powerful war spectacle neglects novel's heart and much of story.

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