• R, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Oren Moverman
    In Theaters:
    Nov 13, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 18, 2010
  • Oscilloscope Pictures


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The Messenger Reviews

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Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling

The Messenger is always just left of straightforward, which keeps it interesting.

Full Review Source: Stop Smiling

March 5, 2014
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

I know several folks in military service who wouldn't watch this movie if you paid them.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 30, 2012
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Alejado de cualquier rastro de patriotismo, desnudando la complejidad emocional detrás de un drama históricamente recurrente que ha sido retratado con frecuencia por el cine norteamericano, aunque esta vez de manera un poco más intimista.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 4/5

July 22, 2011
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

It never feels contrived or overwritten, managing to deftly pack emotional punches through the strength of its performances and direction.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 4/5

July 14, 2011
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

It's a shame so few people will see this on the silver screen.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 4/5

June 22, 2011
Jason Solomons
Observer [UK]

The Messenger takes on a warmth and plangency that rewards viewing.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

June 19, 2011
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

Don't let the fact Woody Harrelson got an Oscar nomination tempt you anywhere near The Messenger - the message here is about as welcome as a death knock on a wet Sunday afternoon.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

June 17, 2011
Jason Best
Movie Talk

An intelligent, superbly acted and moving drama that manages to say more about war and its consequences than most films set on the front line.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

June 17, 2011
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

Although it stumbles on the storytelling, drifting rather repetitively around the lives of its haunted protagonists, it's a rewarding, humane picture.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

June 17, 2011
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

Foster and an Oscar-nominated Harrelson effectively convey the outward steel and inner fragility of these men of war but the film is slow-moving and maudlin.

Full Review Source: Daily Express

June 17, 2011
Peter Bradshaw

An intelligent and well-acted film which deserves its outing here.

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

June 16, 2011
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

It's a film of quietly assured dramatic clout, a strong and sober reckoning with American conscience.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

June 16, 2011
Josh Winning
Little White Lies

Stumbles a little, loosening its grip in the bromantic final stretch. But if impenitent heartstring pluckage is what you're after, this is where it's at.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

June 16, 2011
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times

This worthwhile drama reports from the home front as the war on terror continues.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 16, 2011
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The Oscar-nominated script pursues a grimly honourable task into its grim and not always honourable byways.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 15, 2011
Chris Fyvie
The Skinny

Intimate, powerful filmmaking.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

June 15, 2011
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

It's a welcome addition to the increasingly interesting movie canon dealing with the downside of the war.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

June 15, 2011
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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[An] unpredictable, episodic, deeply resonant character piece.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

June 15, 2011

A powerhouse performance full of tragic comic undertones while looking at the psychological effects of war in an original storytelling manner...

Full Review Source: Real.com | Original Score: 4/5

June 14, 2011
Andrew Male
Empire Magazine

A worthy addition to the canon of Iraq war films, The Messenger has a gentle humanity that creeps under your skin.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 13, 2011
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