Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

"Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." These opening words of Kurt Vonnegut's famous novel make an effective and short summary of a haunting, funny film. For the screen, director George Roy Hill faithfully renders… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 15, 1972
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Eddie Harrison of the best grown-up movies you've never seen, a wise, satirical and important story that sees several great talents realise a difficult text...

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Matt Brunson
Film Frenzy

It's a helluva lot easier to adapt, say, Stephen King than Kurt Vonnegut, yet director George Roy Hill and scripter Stephen Geller do such an exquisite job with Slaughterhouse-Five that even Vonnegut himself raved about this celluloid interpretation.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Embora consiga se manter fiel à trama e à estrutura narrativa do fabuloso livro de Vonnegut, falha por não ter força dramática e por captar apenas parcialmente a intensa mensagem anti-belicista da obra original.

Nicholas Bell

As faithful as Hill and scribe Stephen Geller are to Vonnegut's text, however, as visual spectacle it doesn't quite compare to the exuberance of the novel, which is arguably due to Hill's formalism.

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John A. Nesbit
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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Interesting, if not fully realized, version of the Vonnegut novel.

Evan Dossey
Midwest Film Journal

About as close an adaptation to Vonnegut's humanist triumph as possible. A moving work despite its flaws.

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The film captures the essence of the book even while diverging from it. Vonnegut himself always claimed to be extremely pleased with it.

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

The best of the Vonnegut adaptations

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An interesting sci-fi that sadly fails by only hinting at its philosophical ideas and not going deeper into them. The narrative is always fluid, with elegant… More
Melvin White
Billy Pilgrim: It's time for me to be dead for a little while. And then live again. I give you the Tralfamadorian greeting: Hello. Farewell. Hello.… More
Jim Hunter
World War II vet Billy Pilgrim time-jumps throughout his life on Earth and on Tralfamadore. In the list of unfilmable books I thought that Kurt Vonnegut's… More
Aj V
This just goes to show how not all books can be adapted to film. This movie is a mess, and boring one at that. Stay away from it, and read the book instead.
Randy Tippy
Like Kurt Vonnegut's novel, <i>Slaughterhouse-Five</i> blurs the line between fantasy and reality, intermingling the two until they're… More
Curtis Lilly
Yet another shining example of a 70's movie trying to be weird. They always end up impossible to pay attention to.