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Brothers at War Reviews

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Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
March 13, 2009
As myopic as any piece of "left-wing propaganda" about the failure of the war, missing both the big picture and the human one due to its filmmaker's refusal to ask the dark questions.
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
March 12, 2009
Rademacher's limited mission and gee-whiz perspective make his agenda seem too personal and lacking in context.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Laura Kern
New York Times
May 8, 2009
Insights shared by those left behind sharpen the focus on the sacrifices made by those who go off to war -- a message that might have been clearer were the film not so self-serving.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
May 5, 2009
Just because Rademacher believes his film to be "non-partisan" does not make it so.
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Alissa Simon
Variety
March 23, 2009
Provides some interesting perspectives but also veers dangerously close to vanity project.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 12, 2009
Rademacher's strange vanity project ends up saying a lot more about his family issues and need to be seen as a swaggering badass than it does about the day-to-day life of soldiers in Iraq.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 12, 2009
Brothers at War is an honest, on-the-ground documentary about the lives of Americans fighting there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 12, 2009
"Brothers at War" is designed (and limited) as a corrective to what its maker sees as the anti-war harangues preceding it. Director and Decatur, Ill., native Jake Rademacher has a strong personal story to relay. You wish the film, executive-produced by Ga
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Combining footage from the home front and the front lines, Brothers at War is the first comprehensive examination of life in Iraq through the eyes of a soldier and his loved ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
March 16, 2009
There were a couple more [moments] that I thought were revealing enough and I loved the intent.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
March 16, 2009
I still think it's worth renting because the film does a good job of taking audiences deeper than the media or newscasters on TV ever could, personalizing and humanizing war and its impact on the American family.
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March 12, 2009
Rademacher comes up with compellingly unfamiliar documentary footage. ... Firefights caught unvarnished and in the moment are harrowing because the cameraman himself is, well, harrowed.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
May 7, 2009
The thoughtful work walks a few paces in soldiers' boots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 8, 2009
Brothers at War would be interesting enough if it merely observed soldiers in their element as they chill behind friendly lines, but this documentary, which begins at a low key, gradually becomes intense and psychologically complicated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dan Zak
Washington Post
March 13, 2009
A drama about sibling rivalry and reconciliation that just happens to be filmed under extremely dangerous circumstances.
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
May 15, 2009
Rademacher's vigorous commitment to making the documentary, as well as to his large, close-knit family, deserves respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 27, 2009
The epitome of an embedded war report.
Elias Savada
Film Threat
July 11, 2015
A nicely done piece for such a personal story: harrowing, heroic, and occasionally gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
March 15, 2009
It is striking that Brothers at War approaches this profound and complicated relationship between brothers by way of trauma and death.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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