• Dylan Tyner

    ★★★★ Watched by Dylan Tyner 30 Jul, 2014 2

    Arguably the film that kickstarted the psychological thriller genre. There are many copy cats and wannabes, but Jacob's Ladder is the one that most people remember today. It still holds up incredibly well and left me guessing until the very end. It's a shame that director Adrian Lyne practically fell off the face of the earth after this movie. Along with Fatal Attraction, he was a master at getting to what thrillers should be all about..... thrilling!!


  • Josh

    ★★★ Watched by Josh 29 Jul, 2014

    Very confusing. The story wasn't told chronologically, and it was hard for me to tell what was happening when. A bit of a trip.


  • SJHoneywell

    ★★★★½ Added by SJHoneywell

    A total mindscrew
    In the best way possible.
    Freaky in good ways.


  • Tim Ehrens

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Tim Ehrens 12 Jul, 2014

    "Jake, New York is filled with creatures."

    You gotta love a movie like this: A mind-bending, surreal type of horror-mystery that has so many references and symbolism that leaves it open to so many interpretations. "Jacob's Ladder" grabs ahold of your consciousness from the opening scene and doesn't let go until you've gone on a metaphysical ride with the characters, all the while CONSTANTLY questioning what is real and what isn't.

    Adrian Lyne shows his range with this movie, delving…


  • Jabberwocky

    ★★★★ Watched by Jabberwocky 01 Jul, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.


  • Knox Gray

    ★★★★★ Added by Knox Gray

    A dark existential trip of a film.


  • srh1son

    ★★★½ Watched by srh1son 26 Jun, 2014

    The Vietnam setting and chemical warfare commentary never completely engages, but Jacob's torment, the haunting visions, and spiritual turmoil all strike true.


  • Mary R.

    ★★★★★ Watched by Mary R. 21 Jun, 2014

    The best way to watch this film is to go into it knowing NOTHING about it. I was under the impression that it was "just" a Vietnam film, not the mind-warping trip down the rabbit hole that it really is.
    Jacobs Ladder is one of those rare instances where the multiple narratives, red herrings, twists, and turns all manage to get wrapped up neatly in an ending that left me both satisfied and painfully empty.
    Watch it. Experience it. Then learn to let go.


  • Driver

    ★★★½ Watched by Driver 14 Jun, 2014

    "Jake, New York is filled with creatures." - Jezebel

    There's something incredibly exciting about the concept and set-up of Jacob's Ladder. The central idea of a man being plagued with hellish visions after his horrific Vietnam experience is an uncomfortable one who has seen any of the hallucinatory works of an early David Cronenberg and any of the glut of Vietnam films released in the 70s. The combination of the two should be a rattling experience, and for the most…


  • Blots

    ★★ Watched by Blots 10 Jun, 2014

    ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ is a string of psychological horror visions that are thematically intriguing, but amount to an endless ‘is he/isn’t he’ haunted house ride. The story simply concludes when it tires of itself.

    What’s disappointing is that the film is in the vein of Polanski, but the difference between this and gems like ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘The Tenant’ is that Polanki’s characters descend and intensify, constantly passing unforeseen but inevitable rubicons that lead to a single truth.

    Rosemary becomes pregnant…


  • Marshal Childress

    ★★★★½ Watched by Marshal Childress 02 Jun, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.


  • loureviews

    ★★★ Watched by loureviews 08 Jun, 2014

    Creepy thriller about a war veteran who has hallucinations which might be related to his psychological state and the traumas he has suffered in conflict. Despite a good performance from Tim Robbins in the lead (and he's good), this all seems a bit contrived, although I can see why it might have attained cult status over the years.