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Meeting Resistance Reviews

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Kam Williams

Again and again Iraqis cite restoring their pride and dignity as their reasons for planting roadside bombs, firing RPGs and lobbing mortars into the Green Zone.Hell hath no fury like a Muslim humiliated!

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 4/4

May 23, 2008
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Of all the Iraq documentaries that have been released since the war began five years ago, this is the one that most seriously addresses the nature of the insurgency.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 14, 2008
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

While there are some points of interest along the way -- such as a dissertation on the recruitment and training of resistance fighters -- we emerge from this patchwork of viewpoints with no real picture.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C

March 13, 2008

It offers no judgment, nor does it proffer a solution, but this slow-paced and vivid glimpse behind the veil is an achievement and an education.

Full Review Source: Cinerina | Original Score: 3/5

February 16, 2008
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This documentary does one thing and does it well. It provides first person interviews with people who were attacking U.S. military forces in Iraq in 2003.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C+

January 23, 2008
Joe Garofoli
San Francisco Chronicle
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Meeting Resistance is worth the effort. It tells a nuanced story of the Iraqi resistance that American media rarely has fleshed out.

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

January 4, 2008
Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
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The problem with the film is that it makes for better journalism than cinema.

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

December 14, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A chilling rare glimpse of the U.S. Iraqi occupation from the side of the insurgents.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

December 10, 2007
Cynthia Fuchs

Meeting Resistance argues that the failure of the war was set in its early days, when Iraqis felt alternately abandoned and threatened by Americans, and soon after, occupied.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

November 14, 2007
Ronnie Scheib
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Offers a rare glimpse into the hearts and minds of those who have dedicated themselves to ridding Iraq of its invaders, captured by intrepid reporters who risked their lives at a time when fragile trust was still possible.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 23, 2007
Richard Leiby
Washington Post
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Although at times tedious and repetitive, Meeting Resistance is nonetheless an important journalistic document about the Iraqi insurgency.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 19, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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A little resistance might have done the project some good.

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

October 19, 2007
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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If nothing else, Meeting Resistance should dispel any lingering misconception that the Iraq insurgency is mainly the work of outside agitators.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 19, 2007
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio

In the brave, defiant and principled tradition of Gillo Pontecorvo's Battle of Algiers, the film is a valiant dissection of the anatomy of collective struggle, and a visionary blueprint for the end to US military madness and reckless foreign invasions.

Full Review Source: WBAI Radio

October 19, 2007
Kent Turner

Filmed during the first year of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, Meeting Resistance suffers from the same problem as the Iraq-set feature film The Situation %u2013 timeliness.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 18, 2007
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An eye-opening documentary that reveals the diversity and zeal of the resistance movement in Iraq to the U.S. occupation of their homeland.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2007
Louis Proyect

Astonishing introduction to the Iraqi insurgents who explain why they resist occupation--a film that is a must for anybody trying to understand why the war continues to this day.

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October 18, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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I think it is time for us to take a film like Meeting Resistance very seriously indeed, and to ponder its message very carefully, despite my abiding doubts about its ultimate reliability as a guide to our actions.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 17, 2007
Anthony Kaufman
Village Voice
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The film manages to capture the palpable frustration on the ground.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 16, 2007
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

As in Land Without Bread and The Bridge, Meeting Resistance raises all sorts of ethical questions about its making.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 16, 2007
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