• Beaufort
    2 minutes 58 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Beaufort Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out Chicago

Cedar overcomes the generic characters and formulaic "which innocent will die next in an ironic twist" plotting by his attention to detail.

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 3/5

August 23, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The soldiers feel stuck and so do we.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

November 24, 2011
Nora Lee Mandel

Powerful portrait of an officer and his soldiers facing up to what it means to serve in an army of a fallible, democratic country that spins an explosive pyrrhic victory

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 10/10

December 23, 2008
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It doesn't come like a full-length, filmed history lesson at all. In fact, it's a pretty fascinating, sometimes disturbing tale about the emotional and physical toll of combat.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 18, 2008
Matthew Turner

Engaging war drama that subtly mixes in several different genres to intriguing effect, though it occasionally relies too heavily on cliches.

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

October 18, 2008
Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
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Clearly something has gone MIA in moving from the small pictures into a cohesive big one.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 1, 2008
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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As long as soldiers have gone into battle they have struggled with the rightness of their actions and their purpose in the field -- no matter how firm their resolve at the outset.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

August 22, 2008
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The film is slow and rather too long (and a bit preachy), but always intense, and its intentions are certainly clear.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 22, 2008
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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[A] blistering antiwar film.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 22, 2008
Daniel M. Kimmel
The Jewish Advocate

In the end [it] isn't about victory or defeat... It's about surviving another day, doing one's job, and getting back to family.

May 29, 2008
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Even if they do finally get to leave, the film's dispiriting message seems to tell us, in eight centuries there will probably be a new set of soldiers guarding Beaufort.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 19, 2008
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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The camera never leaves the beleaguered compound, and Beaufort itself becomes a character in the story, a surrealistic zone of tunnels, bunkers and sandbags, about as far from the possibility of heroism as possible.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 16, 2008
Jonathan F. Richards
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It makes an urgent case for the futility of most wars, which serve immediate political goals that afterward don't seem terribly important.

Full Review Source: Film.com

May 2, 2008
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Culturally specific war movie leaves non-Israelis wondering what we missed

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 25, 2008
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine

This Oscar-nominated drama makes excellent use of its location and ensemble cast.

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

April 18, 2008
Eric D. Snider

A fine war picture, one that spotlights war's wastefulness and futility, and humanizes its soldier characters.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B+

March 29, 2008
Nell Minow
Denver Post
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[Director Joseph] Cedar gives a surreal, dreamlike quality to many scenes, underscoring the soldiers' isolation.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 28, 2008
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

A war drama about waiting, and the director, Joseph Cedar, does a terrific job hanging danger and crushing tedium in the air, side by side.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

March 28, 2008
Andrew Pulver

Despite the unremitting focus on the claustrophobia of outpost life, it's hard to ignore the by-now hoary tropes of the war movie with which Cedar litters his screenplay.

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

March 28, 2008

Sun Online

An achingly honest account of the daily fears faced by soldiers.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 4/5

March 28, 2008
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