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

With an insane asylum standing in for everyday society, Milos Forman's 1975 film adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel is a comically sharp indictment of the Establishment urge to conform. Playing crazy to avoid prison work detail, manic… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 19, 1975
DVD Release Date: December 9, 1997
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The onscreen battle between Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher serves as a personal microcosm of the culture wars of the 1970s -- and testament to the director's vision that the film retains its power more than three decades later.

David Robinson
Times (UK)

Forman has lost nothing of his skills since the Fireman's Ball, his last film in Czechoslovakia, and Taking Off, his first in the United States.

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

The sexual politics have dated, yet conversely, Cuckoo's overlap with Michel Foucault's ideas on the construction and socio-political appropriation of madness remains potent and urgent.

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Fico Cangiano
CineXpress Podcast

One of Jack Nicholson's finest performances highlights this stirring drama that speaks to the mind and soul. [Full review in Spanish]

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Richard Combs
Sight & Sound

What Forman achieves with most consistent success in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest... are the group portraits -- the scenes of inmates embarking on some joint enterprise of liberating madness.

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Wendy Ide
Observer (UK)

It's not just Nicholson's performance that makes this film a masterpiece; it's the fact that Forman was able to prevent that performance from capsizing the whole enterprise.

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Don Shanahan
Every Movie Has a Lesson

Each character is unique, unpredictable, and combine to bring a great range of performance to put alongside Jack.

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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter

With One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Forman takes his rightful place as one of our most creative young directors. His casting is inspired, his sense of milieu is assured, and he could probably wring Academy Award performances from a stone.

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Peter Bradshaw

Watching this again, I am less inclined to regard Nurse Ratched as a simple villain, despite her vindictive humiliation of poor, shy Billy, and more like a professional who refuses to be bullied by a bunch of men.

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Matt Neal
ABC Radio (Australia)

This remains one of the greatest films of all time for its tonally perfect examination of power, authoritarianism, oppression, mental illness, morality and more.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
Another classic that doesn't fully engage me.
Mark Hobin
At first, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest would seem a depressing film. The setting is a mental institution. The colors are drab. The milieu is bleak. Many… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Jack Nicholson is super charismatic as a free-spirited character who refuses to abide by the rules at a mental institution, in a great drama that has its best… More
Jens S.
Jack Nicholson steering up shit in a mental institution is one of the greatest films of the 70s and maybe his best performance among so many outstanding ones.… More
Mister Caple
Jack Nicholson in his grandest form. "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" from 1975 is one of the greatest American films of all time that… More
Liam Gadd
And this doesn't have a 100% rating on RT because...........?