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Short Life of Jose Antonio Guiterrez Reviews

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Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

With honesty and respect, Heidi Specogna has made neither a shallow tribute nor a polemic. She's made a great film about America.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 9, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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While never letting its tone of studious but stewing detachment slip, the movie quietly builds a truly enraging case for a certain form of systematic official cynicism.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

August 17, 2007
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez is a film with a moral and political message about immigration and the people who are used as cannon fodder by the United States.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

August 17, 2007
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The link between the illegal immigrant problems in the United States and the war in Iraq is explored in the moving documentary The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

August 17, 2007
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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Mournful and engrossing.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 11, 2007
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Dispels any remaining myth about the "compassionate" side of that supposed compassionate conservative, George W. Bush.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

May 2, 2007
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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Although Ms. Specogna's film fleshes out his life to the extent that it can, the portrait remains frustratingly incomplete. But given its larger subject - a young life trampled beneath history's forward march - this seems entirely fitting.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 30, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Now, more than ever, it should be seen here in the U.S. for its ironies, both implicit and explicit.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 25, 2007
Brian Miller
Village Voice
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With only a few letters and family photos, director Heidi Specogna never brings her subject to life.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 24, 2007
Jason Anderson

It's impossible not to think of the many other 'green-card soldiers' -- desperate Latin Americans offered breaks on permanent resident status in exchange for military enlistment -- who've paid the highest price for a shot at a better life.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 4/5

April 24, 2007
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

The life and death of the first American soldier killed in Iraq complicates the ongoing debate on illegal immigration.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

April 21, 2007
Michael Ferraro
Film Threat

The Short Life... is one of those docs that takes the life of an individual and surrounds it with other people's stories that are just as absorbing.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 27, 2006
Robert Koehler
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Heidi Specogna's The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez sensitively and methodically tells the story of the first U.S. soldier killed in the 2003 Iraq invasion.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 27, 2006
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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June 15, 2007
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