Body of War Reviews

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
August 4, 2012
When is a startling and devastating war movie made in the past too long ago to shed light on the present? Well, apparently never, if we're talking permanent war characterizing the endless US invasions and occupations around the world.
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
November 18, 2008
The doc gets up-close and personal. It shows one injured vet's reality after war.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
Whatever you think of the film, Body of War stirs up real admiration for its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 18, 2008
"Body of War" is so simple-minded and ham-handed in its case against the war that it ends up diluting its own argument.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
June 8, 2008
Body of War is a powerful and effective documentary because it keeps its focus very tight and makes its story vivid in personal terms.
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
June 4, 2008
The lack of ego and relatively little self-pity [wheelchair-bound Tomas] Young has is astounding.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 21, 2008
Donahue and Spiro should've spent more time exploring the human moments and much less time browbeating us with stuff we already know.
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com
May 18, 2008
It's the soldier in Iraq who fights on in the face of public apathy at home. The hope in this vital film is that the voices of soldiers will be raised. They will fight on until their mission is accomplished and the Iraq war is history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 16, 2008
It's an unusually intimate portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 16, 2008
[Tomas Young] deserves better treatment from the government than he's gotten as a returning veteran, and a better movie than this simpleminded indictment of every senator who voted 'yea.'
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
May 16, 2008
Body of War again demonstrates that we Americans still have some bitter truths to face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 15, 2008
The overreaching Spiro and Donahue are not content to persuade viewers; they insist on convincing us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 2, 2008
It is not merely an antiwar document, but a complex profile in courage of a paraplegic and patriot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2008
Body of War makes no bones about its activism. Then again, like the others, it's the willingness to contextualize events and apply reason to them that makes it and others so valuable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
April 24, 2008
On the lower tier of the numerous docs about the war and the Middle East.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 24, 2008
Body of War is neither the most cinematic nor the most elegantly crafted of recent Iraq war documentaries, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the most deeply affecting.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 18, 2008
A tough, affecting documentary about an American soldier in the Iraq war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tamara Straus
San Francisco Chronicle
April 18, 2008
A chance to witness the struggles of a remarkable young man. Young may be paralyzed in the body, but his mind is fiercely alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jette Kernion
Cinematical
April 17, 2008
Half an excellent and touching profile of a young veteran, but unfortunately, half a strident anti-war propaganda film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 11, 2008
Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro's powerful documentary takes a microcosmic look at the war and its devastation by focusing on a single casualty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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