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Sam Mendes

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About the Movie

Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this critically acclaimed, brilliantly unconventional war story from Oscar®-winning director Sam Mendes. Jarhead (the self-imposed moniker of the Marines) follows Swoff (Gyllenhaal) from a sobering stint in boot camp to active duty, where he sports a sniper rifle through Middle East deserts that provide no cover from the heat or Iraqi soldiers. Swoff and his fellow Marines sustain themselves with sardonic humanity and wicked comedy on blazing desert fields in a country they don't understand against an enemy they can't see for a cause they don't fully grasp.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 197
  • Fresh: 120
  • Rotten: 77
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Gyllenhaal is the heart and soul of a darkly funny and ferociously intense movie that sets its sights on soldiers under the gun of doing nothing. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Fresh: The best war movies -- and this one, despite its being overlong and repetitive, is among them -- hold that men fight (or in this case, are ready to fight) not for causes, but to survive and to help their comrades do the same. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Director Sam Mendes' third screen outing pretty well nails Swofford's tone, which was mordant without being disrespectful, and, in fact, is begrudgingly reverent of the Corps. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: As hard as the actors work, Jarhead feels false right down to its seductive visuals. – Stephanie Zacharek,, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews


great movie and so real. i watch it everytime i miss my boyfriend who joined the USMC.


Jarhead is the best modern war movie I have seen!

Maybe a drama, but sure not action

I have watched and enjoyed many military and war movies but this is not one of them. I was swayed to rent it by the great reviews; they must look for something different in a war movie. This movie has plenty of character development, without any real action. The movie got slow and tedious at several points. If you are looking for a good military shoot'em up on the order of Blackhawk, you should pass on this one.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2005

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