Fighting for Life Reviews

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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 7, 2008
Since there's no through narrative, no characters being followed, it's TV newsmagazine material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 7, 2008
There is no question that [direcotr Terry] Sanders has discovered a worthy subject. He just hasn't found the right way to approach it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 21, 2008
Fighting for Life puts courageous faces on men and women who might otherwise be anonymous statistics at a time when injured soldiers are rarely seen on TV.
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
March 13, 2008
Though Maryland's Uniformed Services University has been dubbed "Useless U" and has come close to being shuttered, Terry Sanders' simply shot digital film is an inelegant but potent argument for its existence.
Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com
March 1, 2008
Bravo to Fighting For Life for presenting the real, unvarnished story of the heroes of the military medical corps without politics or judgments and simply allowing to us to be truly inspired
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
March 28, 2008
Sanders provides a rare glimpse into the world of the doctors and nurses tasked with saving lives in difficult circumstances. You cannot leave Fighting for Life without a deep sense of respect for the medical personnel and the patients.
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
March 20, 2008
The graphic imagery drives home the toll that war takes without the need for sermonizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
March 19, 2008
Though in surer hands, the class's simulated mass-casualty situation, replete with ghoulish prosthetic wounds, might've been a masterpiece.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 6, 2008
A salute to the courageous and caring work done by military doctors and nurses in Iraq, Germany, and the United States.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Variety
March 6, 2008
Fighting for Life is briskly paced, and there's often a palpable, appropriate sense of disorientation parlayed through the roaming p.o.v.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
April 7, 2008
The no-frills yet deeply gripping manner this film uses to document this brave soldier's struggle for survival, then in rehab, should draw a salute from military personnel and civilians as well.
| Original Score: 3/4
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine
March 7, 2008
Though it superficially deals with how military doctors work during a long and unpopular war, Terry Sanders's film more closely disentangles a specialized establishment in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
March 7, 2008
Shot in battlefield hospitals in Iraq and rehab centers in the United States, Fighting for Life takes an unflinching look at the physical sacrifices of soldiers and marines.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
If you're wondering where the heroes went, take a look at this group, and see if you're not impressed.
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March 7, 2008
The result isn't pro-war, just pro cleaning up the mess, one amputee at a time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
March 7, 2008
Sanders and his crew are expert at building scenes from whatever shots they could grab, under extremely demanding circumstances.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 13, 2008
Fighting for Life is essential viewing at a time when, five years on, the war's human cost is still too often mired in partisan rhetoric and administration spin.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 18, 2008
will prove deeply moving to audience members of any political persuasion.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
April 9, 2008
Specialist Crystal Davis' story reflects many stories, her life changed forever, her efforts to meet all kinds of unanticipated challenges.
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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