Meeting Resistance Reviews

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Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
October 18, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
December 14, 2007
The problem with the film is that it makes for better journalism than cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 13, 2008
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 | Original Score: C
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 19, 2007
A little resistance might have done the project some good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
May 23, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
October 19, 2007
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.
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Joe Garofoli
San Francisco Chronicle
January 4, 2008
Meeting Resistance is worth the effort. It tells a nuanced story of the Iraqi resistance that American media rarely has fleshed out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 18, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 10, 2007
A chilling rare glimpse of the U.S. Iraqi occupation from the side of the insurgents.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
October 23, 2007
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.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
October 19, 2007
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
February 16, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 16, 2007
As in Land Without Bread and The Bridge, Meeting Resistance raises all sorts of ethical questions about its making.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 14, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 23, 2008
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 | Original Score: C+
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Anthony Kaufman
Village Voice
October 16, 2007
The film manages to capture the palpable frustration on the ground.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 17, 2007
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.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 18, 2007
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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Richard Leiby
Washington Post
October 19, 2007
Although at times tedious and repetitive, Meeting Resistance is nonetheless an important journalistic document about the Iraqi insurgency.

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April 3, 2008
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