A young man gets a crash course in the madness of war in this fact-based drama from director Sam Mendes. Anthony "Swoff" Swofford (Jake Gyllenhaal) decides to join the Marines, just like his father an... read more
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Release Date: November 4, 2005
DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
Stats: 19,464 reviews
Flixster Reviews (19,464)
April 17, 2007
Entirely predictable first-person account of a marine's experiences around Desert Storm. Ambivalent and unengaging.
July 16, 2012
Upon first viewing, 'Jarhead' is no more than a portrait of the psychological challenges of a boring war. Yet, after the credits role, this film settles into your stomach and mind and doesn't leave. Sam Mendes creates a beautifully terrifying atmosphere with amazing cinematograph...
February 18, 2012
i almost gor drafted last year so this is like a horror movie
January 7, 2012
One of the best films about people in war. This film is not about the fight, it is about the persons who go through physical and psychological hell, while all they has to do is sit and wait when the shit hits the fan. Director Sam Mendes again shows his wonderful visual eye here....
November 2, 2011
Jarhead is more than a movie. It is an entertaining truthful first person look at the reality of the war and that the biggest enemy they were fighting was boredom.
September 28, 2011
I ussually avoid Anti War Movies. They iritate me mostly but this was something different.
April 27, 2011
Jarhead was a geniusly made film and is tied with The Hurt Locker and Black Hawk Down as the greatest Iraq war film ever. Jake Gylenhal is a great actor, and here is proof of his genius. The plot is great, it shows the life of a man from boot camp to the war and ultimately goin...
March 16, 2011
A new kind of war film for a new kind of war, Sam Mendes' adaptation of Anthony Swofford's account of his experiences in Iraq can however stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the best of them. Gyllenhaal's progression from raw recruit through to the sheer tedium of waiting for...
January 17, 2011
Jarhead is surprisingly addictive viewing with us following Swoff (Jake Gyllenhaal) into the Gulf War or more accurately, before the Gulf War as the soldiers try to cope with their boredom and prepare for battle.
Jughead is a war film trying not to be about war, instead we see ...
November 3, 2010
This is a poor man's Full Metal Jacket. Though the idea of concentrating on the time before war, the waiting, the impatience, and the resulting human degradation is an interesting perspective, the film becomes a militaristic Animal House, and the point gets lost in...
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