(2005)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 35 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
Dallas Observer
The first great film of 2005.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Admittedly, The Jacket is not likely to be everyone's cup of tea, but filmmaker John Maybury has forged a mesmerizing mindblower.
75
Chicago Tribune
A gripping drama that will leave thoughtful cinemagoers wrestling with basic Big Questions.
67
Entertainment Weekly
Director John Maybury has a feel for shock rhythms, and he's skillful at keeping you guessing, but after a while you want your questions to cohere into compelling answers, and in The Jacket they don't, quite.
60
L.A. Weekly
The director's work is suitably unnerving, but leaves one feeling beaten senseless by reel two. When the hero's well-earned moment of clarity finally arrives, most will likely be too numbed out to care, despite the best efforts of Brody, an actor too vividly alive to be wasting his time playing dead.
50
Film Threat
You'll either walk away with a headache,or praising filmmaker John Maybury for his unique narrative...and it is unique, but in my eyes, it's also a big giant mess.
50
Rolling Stone
Though shot for maximum moodiness by the gifted Peter Deming ("Mulholland Drive"), the movie straps you in for a head trip that promises hallucinatory wonders but delivers the same old Hollywood formula with sugar on top.
40
The A.V. Club
Still, the central mystery remains effective and compelling for most of the film, until it becomes clear that it's all image and no intent.
40
A movie as lacking in personality as its amnesiac protagonist.
40
Village Voice
A disappointing nosedive into the mainstream for John Maybury, the Derek Jarman acolyte who transitioned successfully from experimental work to features with 1998's hallucinatory Francis Bacon biopic "Love Is the Devil."

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