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Brothers in Arms Reviews

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 5, 2015
Basically a longer, less slick version of the official Kerry profile unveiled at the Democratic National Convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
May 5, 2015
Filmed before the Swift boat veterans brouhaha, Paul Alexander's partisan documentary is effective filmmaking.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 5, 2015
The talking heads format just doesn't make for compelling film, despite its timeliness.
| Original Score: C-
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
May 5, 2015
Alexander, a political writer and radio host, gets riveting, emotional confessionals from the veterans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
May 5, 2015
A respectfully modest effort that allows Kerry and his Swift boat comrades to tell their stories in their own voices.
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Joshua Land
Village Voice
May 5, 2015
As for the candidate, like Tony Wilson in 24 Hour Party People, he's wisely content to remain a supporting character in his own life story.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 5, 2015
Will this film do Kerry any good, or the Swifties any harm? My bet is: Not a bit, one way or the other.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 5, 2015
The four men offer powerful eyewitness testimony against the subsequent charges that Kerry didn't deserve his Silver Star for courage and his three Purple Hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
May 5, 2015
Inevitably, the film has the air of an extended campaign ad, but that doesn't make its subjects and the stories they tell any less compelling.
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
May 5, 2015
The documentary is well edited, well paced, and feels genuine. It's educational, important and enjoyable independent of the Kerry campaign.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
May 5, 2015
Tellingly, [John] Kerry is a much more compelling speaker during a 1970s protest rally than in the contemporary footage, where he carefully chooses his words.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.75/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 5, 2015
The vets tell the truth, by any reasonable measure, and then the filmmaker stirs the elements as filmmakers always do, whether partisan or neutral.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

E! Online
May 5, 2015
Serviceable, not high ranking.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 5, 2015
The movie's main contribution is its fresh look at the Vietnam War, being refought in the Kerry-Bush presidential campaign at the time of the film's release.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
May 5, 2015
Brothers In Arms is a dull, clumsy film, but politics have made it necessary.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 5, 2015
For a feature film, this clearly partisan documentary about the Swift boat crew that served under John Kerry in Vietnam is pretty slight, but for a campaign commercial -- which is what it feels like -- it's pretty long.
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