Silent J’s review:
Cleverly funny and nearly heartbreaking at times. Jack Nicholson is just magnificent. Nicholson, in my opinion, gives his very best performance. Every line he gives is delivered with sheer perfection. The charm he brings to his character is what makes the film so entertaining and the ending so heartwrenching. He has great chemistry with and delivers an intense battle of wits with Louise Fletcher (who in turn is amazing herself) that leaves you glued to the screen. The entire cast is filled with terrific supporting turns from the likes of Will Sampson, Brad Dourif, and Christopher Lloyd. The script is simply magnificent. Milos Foreman, who went on to direct such fantastic films like Amadeus, Man on the Moon, and The People Vs Larry Flynt, creates his first masterpiece with this film and one of the most important films in cinematic history.