• Screamers
    2 minutes 39 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Screamers Reviews

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Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

An odd duck of a documentary, but a powerful one.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 8, 2007
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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Is it possible to get mad at a film that has its heart and soul in the right place?

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

June 8, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Despite the noble effort, the medium and the message just don't mix.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

May 4, 2007
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston

The Armenian genocide and the continuing Turkish denial of history. The film offers damning evidence that the highly civilized European Union should do everything it can to keep the highly uncivilized Turks from becoming equals in EU membership.

Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: 4/5

February 19, 2007

Chicago Reader
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Grating concert footage trivializes Garapedian's message. (One fan, celebrating the band's political potency, enthuses that 'System is antiwar, they're anti-this, anti-that.')

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 9, 2007

Screamers isn't didactic; it doesn't tell you how to respond. It just wants you to know and to ask questions.

Full Review Source: UGO

February 9, 2007
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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Armenian-American director Carla Garapedian, who got a doctorate in international relations at the London School of Economics, presents a wide-awake, high-decibel briefing on foreign policy.

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

February 9, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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This film has provocations to spare; it just hasn't been made provocatively. It's a mess, actually.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 9, 2007
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Cannot decide if it wants to be a documentary about the band System of a Down or what the band is about.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

February 8, 2007
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Screamers is a commendably brave piece, but less focused and powerful than you'd like.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

February 8, 2007
Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York
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The film's composite testimony, from the charismatic band and more-metaphorical screamers such as politicians, scholars and eyewitnesses, is both scary and motivating.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

February 3, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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System of a Down, whose members are the grandsons of genocide survivors, anchor this musical and political documentary with surprising gravitas, and the film offers true insight into the patterns of war crimes.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

January 31, 2007
Louis Proyect
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Despite a limited understanding of why genocide occurs, a worthwhile introduction to one of the 20th century's greatest crimes.

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January 27, 2007
Richard Leiby
Washington Post
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Rife with rotting corpses, severed heads and massacred children, Screamers is one of the most horrifying movies I've ever seen.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 26, 2007
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

... rousing concert film ...

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

January 26, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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... one of the most bizarre documentaries you'll ever not see ...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: .5/4

January 26, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Fans are, obviously, most likely to appreciate the concert footage that's woven throughout the film.

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

January 26, 2007
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Part rockumentary, part howl of outrage, Screamers is an invigorating and articulate film.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 26, 2007

New York Magazine/Vulture
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It raises more questions than it answers, but the passion is more than welcome-from both the band and director Carla Garapedian.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

January 25, 2007
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Screamers' most glaring problem is the one that fells too many political documentaries: a dull unanimity of voices.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

January 25, 2007
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