'Platoon' Critic Reviews

98%
MovieWeb:   4 reviews
88%
Rotten Tomatoes:   52 reviews
  • Vincent Canby New York Times (Top Critic)
    100
    Possibly the best work of any kind about the Vietnam War since Michael Herr's vigorous and hallucinatory book 'Dispatches.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Rita Kempley Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Platoon is like the Wall -- a dark and unforgettable memorial to the dead of Vietnam and an awesome requiem to the eternity of war.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Paul Attanasio Washington Post (Top Critic)
    The movie is beautifully written (by Stone), constructed with strong, clean lines, immaculately paced and regularly surprising.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Pauline Kael New Yorker (Top Critic)
    I know that Platoon is being acclaimed for its realism, and I expect to be chastened for being a woman finding fault with a war film. But I've probably seen as much combat as most of the men saying, 'This is how war is.'
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    A film that says...that before you can make any vast, sweeping statements about Vietnam, you have to begin by understanding the bottom line, which is that a lot of people went over there and got killed, dead, and that is what the war meant for them.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    Platoon is filled with one fine performance after another, and one can only wish that every person who saw the cartoonish war fantasy that was Rambo would buy a ticket to Platoon and bear witness to something closer to the truth.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    ...it's still the standard against which all other movies about the Vietnam War are judged.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Pat Graham Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    For all the purported naturalism, the film seems resolutely schematic, and the attitudes shaping the drama are far from open-ended.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    The artistic veneer Stone applies, along with the simpy narration provided for Sheen in the way of letters to his grandmother, detract significantly from the work's immediacy.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    100
    Platoon is one of those movies that, once seen, will never be forgotten, and, at least for those who were not in Vietnam, will forever alter the way in which the war is considered.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Platoon is different. It matters.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Sheila Benson Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    90
    This is movie-making with a zealot's fervor.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Total Film
    100
    The grisly reality is brought to life by Stone's dialogue and emotion-charged combat scenes, raising thought-provoking questions of morality in this still-resonant classic.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Terrence Rafferty The Nation
    Vietnam seems to have made [Stone] a better filmmaker -- his next movies should tell us whether, in the best war-movie tradition, it's also made a man out of him.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Plath Movie Metropolis
    90
    Stone, who's known for his excess, offers a few voiceover lines that border on the cheesy, but other than that it's a pretty straightforward realistic tour of duty. And that's what makes it so powerful.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews
    88
    Remains an intriguing blend of the political and the personal, with Stone turning his memories and his opinions about Vietnam into potent drama. [Blu-ray]
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Common Sense Media
    80
    No war movie is truly an anti-war movie, but PLATOON comes close, and it's still as powerful as it was decades ago.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ali Catterall Film4
    80
    The first and best of Stone's Vietnam trilogy, it's also one of his finest pieces of work.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Film4
    80
    The first and best of Stone's Vietnam trilogy, it's also one of his finest pieces of work.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star
    100
    Most war films adhere to a big-picture purview, explaining which battles meant what and fulfilled which strategic objectives. Stone's effort skirts all that in favor of wrapping the viewer in visceral detail.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Wesley Lovell Oscar Guy
    100
    A terrific film from a filmmaker long absent from his art, Platoon is a frightening and challenging look into the battlefield operations of Vietnam.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Wesley Lovell Cinema Sight
    100
    A terrific film from a filmmaker long absent from his art, Platoon is a frightening and challenging look into the battlefield operations of Vietnam.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Derek Adams Time Out
    Stone's eye-blistering images possess an awesome power, which sets the senses reeling and leaves the mind disturbed.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    94
    ... excellent ... elegiac and poetry-stuffed
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    84
    Mixing realistic reportage of combat with more conventional morality play (the narrative strategy of all his films), Stone employs the two sergeants (Berenger and Dafoe) as realistic soldiers as well as broader symbols of Good and Evil.
    Full Review » 8 years ago