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America At A Crossroads: Operation Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Experience

America At A Crossroads: Operation Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Experience (2007)

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A unique documentary about troops' experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, based on writings by soldiers, Marines, and air men.

May 15, 2007

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Operation Homecoming never quite captures anything so poignant or precise, rather falling into seemingly endless variations of 'war is hell.'

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It provides an illuminating portrait of the mind-set of those men and women serving overseas.

February 26, 2007
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The anthology format would fit better on TV, as would director Richard E. Robbins' unfortunate use of cheesy slo-mo re-enactments. When Robbins flickers through a series of photos of the fallen, the rapid cutting becomes absurd and dehumanizing.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The cumulative effect of Operation Homecoming is to bring to light the soldiers' collective experiences and the enduring nightmares they suffer in our place.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Operation Homecoming is a spinoff from an anthology of essays, e-mail messages, poems and letters from soldiers in Iraq.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The sometimes uneven quality of the imagery serves to highlight the shattering honesty of these barings of the soul.

February 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Robbins war documentary is for the spectator to come to terms with what's occurring on the battle field and it gives a wonderful impartial view of the current war...

February 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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The prose and poetry of the soldiers is striking in its power.

December 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Unique and emotionally moving documentary.

December 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Robbins' docu, initiated by the NEA, tries to convey the subjective feeling and thoughts of soldiers through their writing, be they letters, poems, or stories. By necessity, this collection, which is read by pro actors, is varied in interest and quality.

October 11, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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A different approach from more straightforward Iraq War documentaries. And the film definitely has effective moments, especially those dealing with grief and the rough transition from military to civilian life.

April 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

They're stories of war that resonate with anyone who has ever been in a war zone, and they illustrate beautifully for those who have not seen battle, just what combat can do to a person's soul.

April 3, 2007
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Flaws aside, Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience has much value, both as an artistic and historical document.

February 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

When is a documentary NOT a documentary? When it's this. Definately worth a look.

February 10, 2007
Greenwich Village Gazette

A sobering reminder that war is more than smartly-dressed politicians exchanging barbs about what's best for America.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience is an eloquent manifestation of the notion articulated in John Fowles's The Magus that "It is not countries that go to war, but men."

February 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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