One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) (mini-review++)


(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

The mini-review:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

acting 9

directing 9

effects 7

editing 8

writing 9


4.5 out of 5 šŸ™


It’s extraordinarily rare that a movie lives up the source novel. I loved the book and I loved the movie. The only thing the film didn’t attempt was the bizarre dreams in the book. As a person who hates dream sequences in movies, this was no loss for me. It’s also got one of the saddest but somehow happy endings ever. I don’t want to spoil it even though the movie was over four decades ago because it’s so unlike most Hollywood endings.




(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 šŸ™, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feelingā€¦not that SW score is scientificā€¦but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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