The Deer Hunter (Film) Review

The Deer Hunter

Released: 8th December 1978
Director: Michael Cimino
Starring: Robert De Niro, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken
Rating: R
Running Time: 183

Its greatness is blunted by its length and one-sided point of view, but the film's weaknesses are overpowered by Michael Cimino's sympathetic direction and a series of heartbreaking performances from Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken.

(TIME Magazine) said:
"This excruciatingly violent, three-hour Viet Nam saga demolishes the moral and ideological cliches of an era: it shoves the audience into hell and leaves it stranded without a map."
Charles Schreger (Variety) said:
"The film is ambitious and it succeeds on a number of levels and it proves that Cimino is an important director who deserves to be watched carefully."
Anton Bitel (Film4) said:
"Gauging the shifting moods of the 1970s, this tale of life and love disrupted by war is as arresting as a bullet to the brain."
(Time Out) said:
"This is probably one of the few great films of the decade."
Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times) said:
"It is a heartbreakingly effective fictional machine that evokes the agony of the Vietnam time."
Colin Kennedy (Empire Magazine) said:
"A simultaneuosly touching and harrowing experience that puts the audience directly in the shoes of one man's experience of Vietnam."
Tim Robey (Daily Telegraph) said:
"Draggy and devastating by turns"
Vincent Canby (New York Times) said:
"Its feelings for time, place and blue-collar people are genuine, and its vision is that of an original, major new film maker."

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