Brothers in Arms Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com
July 11, 2005
It may be an "all-black" Western, but Brothers in Arms would have been pretty darn laughable with actors of any race, creed, or color.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 3, 2004
Will this film do Kerry any good, or the Swifties any harm? My bet is: Not a bit, one way or the other.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 27, 2004
Basically a longer, less slick version of the official Kerry profile unveiled at the Democratic National Convention.
| Original Score: 2/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
October 19, 2004
the talking heads format just doesn't make for compelling film, despite its timeliness
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 3, 2004
For a feature film, this clearly partisan documentary about the Swift boat crew that served under John Kerry in Vietnam is pretty slight, but for a campaign commercial -- which is what it feels like -- it's pretty long.
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
August 27, 2004
Tellingly, [John] Kerry is a much more compelling speaker during a 1970s protest rally than in the contemporary footage, where he carefully chooses his words.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.75/5
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Robert Koehler
Variety
August 26, 2004
A respectfully modest effort that allows Kerry and his Swift boat comrades to tell their stories in their own voices.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 26, 2004
The four men offer powerful eyewitness testimony against the subsequent charges that Kerry didn't deserve his Silver Star for courage and his three Purple Hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2004
The vets tell the truth, by any reasonable measure, and then the filmmaker stirs the elements as filmmakers always do, whether partisan or neutral.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joshua Land
Village Voice
August 24, 2004
As for the candidate, like Tony Wilson in 24 Hour Party People, he's wisely content to remain a supporting character in his own life story.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
August 26, 2004
The movie's main contribution is its fresh look at the Vietnam War, being refought in the Kerry-Bush presidential campaign at the time of the film's release.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
August 26, 2004
Filmed before the Swift boat veterans brouhaha, Paul Alexander's partisan documentary is effective filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
September 2, 2004
The documentary is well edited, well paced, and feels genuine. It's educational, important and enjoyable independent of the Kerry campaign.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
September 3, 2004
Alexander, a political writer and radio host, gets riveting, emotional confessionals from the veterans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 5, 2004
Inevitably, the film has the air of an extended campaign ad, but that doesn't make its subjects and the stories they tell any less compelling.

E! Online
September 10, 2004
Serviceable, not high ranking.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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AV Club
August 26, 2004
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