Born on the Fourth of July
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

The second of three films by co-writer/director Oliver Stone to explore the effects of the Vietnam War (Platoon and Heaven and Earth are the others), Born On The Fourth Of July tells the true story of Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise), a patriotic,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 20, 1989
DVD Release Date: April 28, 1998
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Led by an unforgettable performance from Tom Cruise, Born on the Fourth of July finds director Oliver Stone tackling thought-provoking subject matter with ambitious élan.

Variety Staff

Tom Cruise, who takes Kovic from clean-cut eager teen to impassioned long-haired activist, is stunning.

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Ed Gonzalez
Apollo Guide

Signaled Oliver Stone's transition from iconic commentator to tremulous anarchist.

Tom Meek
Cambridge Day

The eclectic and incredible cast assembled by Stone in this patriotic anti-patriot statement includes Tom Sizemore, Vivica A. Fox and James Le Gros...

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Time Out

A compelling, elegiac film, particularly encouraging after the simplified morality of Platoon.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Stone has found in Cruise the ideal actor to anchor the movie with simplicity and strength.

Peter Bowen

The film internalizes Cruise's acting career from beef-cake adolescent lo gung-ho patriot within the Film's plot, transforms him into a serious actor by making him at once handicapped and ugly.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Born on the Fourth of July is...the most ambitious nondocumentary film yet made about the entire Vietnam experience.

Hal Hinson
Washington Post

This is an impassioned movie, made with conviction and evangelical verve. It's also hysterical and overbearing and alienating.

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Otis Stuart

This is not the boy next door. Maybe it never was.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Born on the Fourth of July is a solid, well acted and brilliantly directed Anti war film. Based on the true story of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic, who due to a… More
Kevin M. Williams
Cruise pulls out all the stops in his visceral portrayal of a guy who goes from trusting and unthinking patriot to wounded and wondering casualty of the Vietnam… More
Chris Weber
This is the second film in Oliver Stone's trilogy about the Vietnam War, and for this one, he decided to adapt (along with Ron Kovic), Kovic's… More
xGary Xx
A biopic based on the life of Ron Kovic, an idealistic poster boy for the American dream who volunteered for Vietnam only to return home to a different world… More
Martin Sahlin
This is some fine directing right here from Mr. Political Subject himself. This movie uses one of the oldest tricks in the book for dramatic… More
Conner Rainwater
This is without a doubt my favorite Oliver Stone movie. It has all of the passion and and emotional depth in ten minutes that most Vietnam movies try to attain… More