Body of War Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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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
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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
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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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 11, 2008
Editor Bernadine Colish weaves together all that C-SPAN footage into a disturbing procedural indictment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 10, 2008
What makes Body Of War such a powerful documentary isn't the clever rhetorical device of debate vs. reality, but the way it documents American life in the '00s.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 9, 2008
Lazy, shallow and repetitive, Phil Donahue's Body of War is one of the most incompetent documentaries to emerge from the Iraq war.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 9, 2008
Drenched in emotion and suffused with good intentions, Body of War is impossible not to like, but difficult to admire.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Entertainment Weekly
April 9, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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John Anderson
Washington Post
April 3, 2008
Architecturally sound, emotionally ravaging.
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Alissa Simon
Variety
November 3, 2007
A powerful argument against impetuous decisions, be they to join the military or to attack a country.