Terrence Rafferty on The Hustler, part two.
The movie is a disgrace: an ugly, incoherent, dishonest piece of work. The original picture, directed by a skillful journeyman, J. Lee Thompson, is memorable without being especially artful.
Full Metal Jacket certainly isn’t what we expect a Vietnam movie to be. Then again, it’s only secondarily a movie about the war. First and foremost, this is a Kubrick movie
Review of Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket”, by Terrence Rafferty, in Sight and Sound, Autumn 1987