Beaufort Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out Chicago
August 23, 2012
Cedar overcomes the generic characters and formulaic "which innocent will die next in an ironic twist" plotting by his attention to detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
The soldiers feel stuck and so do we.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
December 23, 2008
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 | Original Score: 10/10
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 18, 2008
Engaging war drama that subtly mixes in several different genres to intriguing effect, though it occasionally relies too heavily on cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
September 1, 2008
Clearly something has gone MIA in moving from the small pictures into a cohesive big one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 22, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 22, 2008
The film is slow and rather too long (and a bit preachy), but always intense, and its intentions are certainly clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 22, 2008
[A] blistering antiwar film.
Daniel M. Kimmel
The Jewish Advocate
May 29, 2008
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.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 19, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 16, 2008
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.
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May 2, 2008
It makes an urgent case for the futility of most wars, which serve immediate political goals that afterward don't seem terribly important.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 25, 2008
Culturally specific war movie leaves non-Israelis wondering what we missed
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
April 18, 2008
This Oscar-nominated drama makes excellent use of its location and ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 29, 2008
A fine war picture, one that spotlights war's wastefulness and futility, and humanizes its soldier characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Nell Minow
Denver Post
March 28, 2008
[Director Joseph] Cedar gives a surreal, dreamlike quality to many scenes, underscoring the soldiers' isolation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
March 28, 2008
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.
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
March 28, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5

Sun Online
March 28, 2008
An achingly honest account of the daily fears faced by soldiers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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