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The Situation Reviews

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Beneath the melodrama is an insider's account of the seemingly inconsequential details often edited out of dispatches from the front.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

April 13, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The essential message in this strongly felt film comes clear: 'It's Iraq.' It used to be bad, but now it's worse. And anyone in his right mind, including Iraqis, wants to get out.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

April 13, 2007
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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The Situation' is bound to stir up controversy because of the way Americans are portrayed, and anything that gets people talking and thinking is for the good. It brings the war home, where our soldiers should be.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 30, 2007
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times

It's a credit to the material and the basic plot that even as you're groaning over a clunky speech explaining it all, you're completely focused on what the situation in Iraq actually is.

Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 30, 2007
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

Bringing the chaos down to very human terms redefines the paradigm for thinking about the occupation, and makes this a film that is more than a mere exercise in action/adventure

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

March 30, 2007
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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A gripping briefing on the post-Saddam morass of Iraq. The tactical calculus used by sheiks, insurgents, CIA operatives, soldiers, and civilians is ugly, but it's not inscrutable.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 2, 2007
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

Even as it makes a mucky melodrama out of the war in Iraq, this effect does not seem entirely inappropriate, as it accommodates a U.S. perspective of its own actions.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

February 24, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The Situation does an admirable job of guiding us through an almost hopeless quagmire.

February 20, 2007
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

The message is quite clear: We should withdraw our troops and let the Iraqis kill each other off.

| Original Score: 2.7/5

February 3, 2007
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

While not easy to watch, and at times even harder to follow, Haas' film is an important attempt to accurately capture the confusing reality of contemporary Iraq.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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A powerful story about a frustrated American journalist risking her life to develop sources among Iraqi citizens who themselves are risking their lives to talk to her.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

The Situation is by no means a perfect movie, but it does tackle difficult issues and makes clear that there are no easy answers.

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

February 2, 2007
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

A beautifully written and realized behind-the-scenes story aiming to make some sense of all the violence and chaos in Iraq today.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 2, 2007
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Haas here imagines Iraq as the sun-bleached setting for an especially bleak film noir, in which love is treacherous, good intentions lead you-know-where and the line between good and evil is always shifting.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 1, 2007
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Audiences expecting this film to wring any kind of order from the ongoing chaos may find that The Situation merely reflects this 'situation's' rat's-nest confusion and seeming hopelessness.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

February 1, 2007
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Philip Haas's deftly paced, well-written, and brilliantly infuriating Iraq War thriller is not only the strongest of recent geopolitical hotspot flicks but one that has been designed for maximal agitation.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 30, 2007
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Using handheld cameras throughout, 'The Situation' draws the eye down into the human pieces that will one day make up history-book summaries.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

January 27, 2007

I don't think this movie sheds any new light on 'the situation', but it could have, and it's a shame that it didn't.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 9, 2007
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A pretty lousy movie in general, though it's the film's somewhat accusatory Iraq War subject matter that's getting it some attention -- deserved or not -- that makes the whole thing a little distasteful.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

April 27, 2007
Sandy MacDonald
Boston Globe
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The concept is strong and expertly fleshed out; it's just a pity that Hollywood tropes are allowed to invade.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

April 13, 2007
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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