Picks and Pans Review: Casualties of War

updated 12/25/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/25/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

Sean Penn and Michael J. Fox are intensely affecting as two American soldiers in Vietnam, but they are handicapped by serving under director Brian DePalma, whose pontificating approach only barely falls short of labeling each of the scenes: BAD AMERICAN BEHAVIOR, REALLY BAD AMERICAN BEHAVIOR, UH-OH, TERRIFICALLY BAD AMERICAN BEHAVIOR.

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