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Sam Mendes

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Plot Summary

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: 196
  • Fresh: 120
  • Rotten: 76
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

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

Fresh: The invigorating thing about Jarhead is it makes us encounter the truth in its undigested form. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 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!

One of the best...

This has to be one of the best movies of our generation. It portrays the Marines in a true light. You can't help but feel moved or inspired when watching this film. Has an amazing cast and amazing director who all give a pretty amazing preformance. This film is very well done and I highly recomend it to everyone.

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

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