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The Situation Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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As ambitious in scope as it is interpretively timid, The Situation delivers the requisite incendiary climax, but collapses in on itself with daft speeches about the elusiveness of truth in something called 'the fourth dimension of time.'

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 8, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The situation in The Situation is grimly photogenic, yet persistently opaque.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 2, 2007
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Tackles its topical subject with lurching focus and plenty of from-the-mouths-of-mouthpieces didacticism.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

January 23, 2007
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Set in wartime Iraq, The Situation is exploitation cinema of the most narcoleptic kind.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

February 2, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The narrative has no direction. There is no central problem to be resolved, no goal to be reached.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

February 2, 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

You want better for this film, but the discomfort it causes is not a matter of it being too soon for the audience, but rather, it seems, for the filmmakers.

Full Review Source: Reeler

February 21, 2007
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com

The Situation never fails to be illustrative, like in straight reporting, but at the expense of catharsis.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 2/5

February 2, 2007
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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An overstuffed, unengaging drama.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

January 31, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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The film would have made a serviceable drama, perhaps, if [writer] Steavenson and [director] Haas weren't so inured to trite utterances.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 8, 2007
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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There are a half dozen people in colorful supporting roles all of whom have their own truths. And all of whom are far more interesting, as characters and actors, than [Connie Nielsen].

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C-

March 8, 2007
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Having served my duty by pointing out the main failures of the film, it's equally obligatory to say that by film's end you have a better understanding of the opposing interests that are deconstructing Iraq than media coverage conveys.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 13, 2007
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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[The] film is undeniably topical but the lack of emotional investment in its characters renders it more intelligent than engaging.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 31, 2006
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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[Haas'] attempt to convey the tangled relations between sheikhs and insurgents, occupiers and civilians is undercut by Wendell Steavenson's mightily overwritten screenplay.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 30, 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
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

The super-accurate reportage may be lost when combined with the war-flick plot. Fact and fiction have different audiences.

| Original Score: 6/10

February 3, 2007
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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It fails to strike an emotional chord, however, with a meandering narrative and heroes who spout rhetoric like pundits.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

February 7, 2007
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

Had traces of human feeling, but [it's] mostly didactic.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B-

January 2, 2007
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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Awkward and half-digested.

January 30, 2007
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Part war drama, part political thriller, part romance -- and wholly uninvolving.

January 16, 2007
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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