As technically complex and masterful as any war film I can remember.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
Apocalypse Now is not merely the greatest film to come out of the Vietnam experience but one of the great works about the madness of our times.
Philip French - Guardian [UK]
A film that needs to be seen on the big screen.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Apocalypse Now did help provide me, and many of my generation, with a vision of what film art could achieve, a vision so magnificent it doomed us to spend much of our subsequent moviegoing lives in a funk.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
The film has one of the most haunting endings in cinema, a poetic evocation of what Kurtz has discovered, and what we hope not to discover for ourselves.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
There are worse ways to make movies, but there are a lot of better ones too.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Alternately a brilliant and bizarre film, Francis Coppola's four year 'work in progress' offers the definitive validation to the old saw, 'war is hell.'
Dale Pollock - Variety
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
What the excitement was about was the unspoken belief that this film would put a cap on the most exciting decade in American film, that it would sum up everything that had come before and influence everything that came after...
Allen Barra - Salon.com
The opening, with the whirling sound of choppers intercut with Willard sweating angst in his Saigon hotel bed, a jungle burning with napalm...remains a visual and aural wonder.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
With a famously horrific and documentary inspiring shoot it's almost unfathomable how Francis Ford Coppolla managed to harness the chaotic energy into one of the most potent examinations of war and masculinity to ever grace celluloid.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Perhaps Francis Ford Coppola's greatest directorial achievement, Apocalypse Now is a visually stunning war film that has no equal, with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro capturing the films Philippine location to great effect.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
A must-see, preferably in the cinema.
Coco Forsythe - Future Movies UK
Undoubtedly it is one of the best films about war ever made.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
The best of it is grand, mysterious and oddly possessed.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Coppola delivered a harrowing masterwork that bursts with malarial, mystical images...
Adrian Turner - Radio Times
A gilt-edged, no-messing, accept-no-substitutes masterpiece.
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
It is mystical, daring, poetic, thrilling, appalling and never less than utterly mesmerising.
Marc Lee - Daily Telegraph
A film of pure sensation, dazzling audiences with light and noise, laying bare the stark horror - and unimaginable thrill - of combat.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
This disturbing vision of the harrowing effects of war and violence continues to shock and haunt audiences.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
One of the best movies about the Vietnam War, an epic spectacle that's brilliant up to the last reel, when Brando appears.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Disturbing tale of war horrors isn't for kids.
Kelly Kessler - Common Sense Media
This manifestation of creative determination and hell-on-Earth experience just might reinvigorate your belief that a greater power guides us at our most pivotal times.
Rob Humanick - Slant Magazine
There is greatness in Apocalypse Now, but there is also madness, and they feed off each other.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
The movie Francis Ford Coppola never recovered from, and the last word in Ci-Nam-a.
Dean Essner - Film4
Apocalypse Now is as good as ever.
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
His film is timeless because although the setting may change, the wars and the plight of soldiers will remain the same.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
...it's wonderful to see this hallucinatory folly-cum-near masterpiece again on the big screen.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
I remember leaving the theater feeling shocked, bewildered, confused and, though I was amazed and thrilled by the action, the ending somehow left me unsettled.
Dean Essner - Film Threat
One of cinema's finest hours...Brando, in his limited screen time, makes an everlasting impression.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Coppola's magnum opus remains one of the singular reasons filmmaking was invented.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
It is also the perfect device for so many universal stories, mythic and true. The journey is everyman's road to self-discovery.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
...one of the most amazing pieces of celluloid ever produced, capturing not only the ugliness and ridiculousness of Vietnam, but exposing the dark heart of man as well.
Max Messier - Filmcritic.com
Dean Essner - Film Comment Magazine
It is also occasionally flaccid, incomprehensible and obtuse. Yet, it manages to overcome these flaws to stand as a fascinating study of the nature of evil in man.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
Apocalypse Now has a philosophical underpinning that sets it apart from other recent cinematic evaluations of the American involvement in Vietnam.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
...Coppola's sprawling, harrowing war story is not to be missed.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Coppola has made a major mistake by this re-edit.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
No film has depicted the fiasco in Southeast Asia in more mythic form than Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
Chris Gore - Film Threat
It's a remarkable work of art.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Apocalypse Now was enormously successful and has since been acknowledged as one of the finest American films ever made.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Apocalypse Now is one of the great American movies of all time and perhaps the single best war film ever made.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
The best picture of all time.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
This is still magnificent filmmaking and story-telling on every level. Apocalypse Now is one of the great films because it is about every war ever fought and at the same time is about much more than men in combat.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
A paradox of beauty and horror.
Ryan Cracknell - Apollo Guide
...arguably the most effective opening in movie history.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
An amazing, singular film experience.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
It remains a wonderfully imperfect explosion of genius and immaturity, in approximately equal measure.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
It is so mesmerizing that I kept forgetting to shift in my seat, causing posterior to start to hurt.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
It is more clear than ever that Coppola and company created a profound metaphor for the entire Vietnam experience -- but were ahead of their time.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
By any standard, Apocalypse Now is a masterpiece, a towering achievement of sight and sound.
Dean Essner - Reel.com
Apocalypse Now is a mixed bag, a product of excess and ambition, hatched in agony and redeemed by shards of brilliance.
Edward Guthmann - San Francisco Chronicle
...the movie still has the power to floor you with its stunning sounds and imagery.
Paul Tatara - CNN.com
Contrasts aside, it ranks as one of the most moving of its genre.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
At times comical, at times bitterly ironic, and at still others borderline surreal, Coppola's direction deftly highlights the insanity of the war and its debilitating effects on those who are forced to fight it.
Tobias Peterson - PopMatters
...no matter what you may think of Brando's eccentric interpretation of the demented Kurtz, you can't take your eyes off him.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
196 minutes of some of the finest filmmaking.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Coppola's direction is impeccable, capturing both the intimate detail, overarching spectacle and layered depth of meaning, often all in one shot.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Dean Essner - Irish Times
The score is wonderous, the production design solid and never overdone, and the cinematography is just wow....when it comes to a movie about war this is a real masterpiece.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Duvall's lifeguard-turned-gonzo-warrior Lt. Colonel Kilgore is the one substantial presence that keeps Apocalypse Now from floating away on its own ambivalent impulses even earlier than it does.
Joshua Mooney - Movieline
Few films can rival the grandiosity of its scale and thematic ambitions
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
A loony, foolhardy, giant-sized masterpiece.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Apocalypse Now is a frenzied, free-based ode to the grieving soldier and his need-to-numb.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Despite its commercial success, it was perhaps the last grand artistic folly that Hollywood would tolerate, and a golden age of American filmmaking soon stumbled to a close.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
An Audio-Visual War Poem
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
classic work towers above the other war films
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
...part satiric exaggeration, part psychological exploration, part surrealistic horror story.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
The first two hours of the film are filled with fantastic imagery, and gripping war scenes, among the best ever filmed.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Apocalypse Now (1979) is producer/director Francis Ford Coppola's visually beautiful, ground-breaking masterpiece with surrealistic and symbolic sequences
Tim Dirks - Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Apocalypse Now packs every bit as much punch now as it did in 1979
Laura Clifford - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A real must-see and one hell of a ride.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
The power of this film cannot be denied, and once seen, it is not easily forgotten.
Ali Barclay - BBC
Apocalypse Now delivers one of the best character studies in the history of the medium.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Undoubtedly one of the greatest, most intensely provocative, mesmerizing, and haunting movies ever made.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews