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redacted (2007)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 108
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 60

Despite DePalma's obvious commitment to the material and passion for the issues at hand, Redacted suffers from stereotypical characters and a forced faux-doc style.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 22

Despite DePalma's obvious commitment to the material and passion for the issues at hand, Redacted suffers from stereotypical characters and a forced faux-doc style.



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Director Brian De Palma turns his lens on the Iraq War with this "fictional documentary" about the experience of U.S. soldiers involved in the conflict. Based on a news item about the rape of an Iraqi schoolgirl by wayward grunts assigned to patrol a checkpoint, the film depicts a scenario not unlike the one De Palma covered in Casualties of War. Shot on high-definition video, Redacted also addresses the ever-evolving manner in which war is covered by the media by focusing on such journalistic


Documentary, Drama

Brian DePalma

Feb 19, 2008


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All Critics (112) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (60) | DVD (5)

Grant De Palma this much: At least he did not wait until 14 years after hostilities concluded to pull his catch-all war metaphor from the dark cupboard of his psyche.

September 22, 2008 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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War was ever a Kubrick-ian hell-ride, futile, fundamentally unheroic and de-humanising, but now it's mocked by a mad multimedia accompaniment innocent of all real ethical, moral and humanitarian value.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It's condescending to the audience.

December 3, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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It's hard to watch, and should be. But harder for other reasons. As an experiment in storytelling, it's mainly tedious and phony.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Redacted, director Brian DePalma's ugly little Iraq War movie, wastes an interesting approach on trite, crude and painfully superficial content.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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It is simply so amateurish and overacted that it makes it impossible to become invested in the documentary-like reality De Palma hopes to achieve.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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Timeless and more relevant than ever in the face of permanent US war against the world, Redacted has prophetically conjured a parallel US war, targeting journalists and filmmakers. And in an ironic case of redacting the director and his film as well.

September 10, 2013 Full Review Source: WBAI Radio
WBAI Radio

Brian De Palma's feature-length fictionalized polemic, Redacted, expresses its outrage with a ferocity that takes mainstream protest of the Iraq war into new territory.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

The director's concern is deeply felt, yet it is his old obsession, the camera's unreliability, that still engages him the most

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

We're being manipulated, and the irony is that the filmmaker is trying to prove how manipulated we are by the various interests around the Iraq war

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Finally an Iraq War movie done right.

August 26, 2008 Full Review Source:

National Lottery money and Venice Film Festival Silver Lion awards should be going to much more thoughtful films than this.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

The way De Palma stitches this multimedia montage into a damning narrative is cinema at its angry and exhilarating best.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Feels contrived and serves to highlight the limitations of the no-name cast.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

An interesting failure, De Palma's film starts well and has moments of exceptional power but ultimately loses itself in its rambling structure. If you haven't already seen it, you'd probably be better off going back to De Palma's Casualties Of War, which

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Though the events are gruelingly (and graphically) recreated there's a typical lack of emotional connection which might be forgivable in a thriller but utterly hobbles this supposed cri de coeur. An almost total failure then, but a noble one.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: BBC

Abrave film for De Palma, obviously deeply felt, but the final scene - a steady collage of real pictures of victims of the conflict - offer a more visceral pull than anything that has gone before.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

A very easy film to dismiss but there is more to it than meets the eye.

March 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

De Palma's made a shattering true crime feel phony

January 29, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

Feels more like a polemic than drama. But at least it hammers home the message that under the right circumstances even the 'good guys' can behave like monsters.

January 25, 2008
Kansas City Star

Calling the movie anti-soldier misses the despair with which DePalma views the troops' situation.

January 21, 2008 Full Review

De Palma's efforts to make the film seem as 'real' as possible only make it seem even less real when his mock-ups fail to approximate the things he's trying to imitate.

January 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

But, no matter what its aesthetic and political virtues, it's hard to imagine anyone wanting to put themselves through the experience of Redacted, particularly those who already `get it.'

December 21, 2007

The film is so artificial that it feels like a mockumentary (i.e. a deranged black comedy), and marks a low point in the career of De Palma.

December 18, 2007
Manhattan Movie Magazine

Audience Reviews for redacted

Not much to say about this one, pretty burtal. 2 stars
July 8, 2010
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

"Redacted" is a terrible piece of filmmaking, with an atrocious script, direction so flat-footed that it's laughable, and acting so bad you wince almost non-stop. What's more, the film is despicable, exploiting the nightmare of the Iraq War in an almost pornographic way. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to watch another Brian De Palma film or shake the stench of "Redacted" from my imagination.

The film is loosely based on an alleged rape and murder that was committed by U.S. soldiers in Iraq. I certainly think this subject matter warrants exploration by artists, but not by schlockmeisters seeking to cash in on it. "Redacted" operates at the level of ghoulish videographers who get excited when tragedy strikes because they can get great footage. Yet here there isn't even great footage. Every shot seems fake. I think this is the worst film I've ever seen.
October 19, 2009
Bill D 2007
William Dunmyer

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Flashy production and faux multiple media sources don't make this feel authentic and the points about Iraq have been better made elsewhere (Battle for Haditha).
September 20, 2008
Gordon A

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