Reviews - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Genres: Drama

Taglines: If he's crazy, what does that make you?

Director: Milos Forman

Writers: Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman, Ken Kesey, Dale Wasserman, ...

Stars: Michael Berryman, Peter Brocco, Dean R. Brooks, Alonzo Brown, ...

McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble and is sentenced by the court. To escape labor duties in prison, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once here, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. McMurphy and the other inmates band together to make a rebellious stance against the atrocious Nurse.

100 | Jake Hamilton

Too many classic set pieces to mention but keep your ears cocked for that immortal line "Mmmm, Juicy Fruit." Certified brilliance.
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A masterpiece. (9 Jan 1998, p.3D)

100 | Staff (Not credited)

Brilliant cinema theatre.
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80 | Staff (Not credited)

Jarring and electrifying drama.
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75 | Roger Ebert

So good in so many of its parts that there's a temptation to forgive it when it goes wrong. But it does go wrong, insisting on making larger points than its story really should carry, so that at the end, the human qualities of the characters get lost in the significance of it all. And yet there are those moments of brilliance.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

70 | Dave Kehr

This slick and entertaining 1975 film of Ken Kesey's cult novel will inevitably disappoint admirers of director Milos Forman's earlier work.
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70 | Vincent Canby

A comedy that can't quite support its tragic conclusion, which is too schematic to be honestly moving, but it is acted with such a sense of life that one responds to its demonstration of humanity if not to its programmed metaphors.
Read More: The New York Times