G.I. Jesús Reviews

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April 6, 2007
Everything that GI Jesus wants to talk about is worth discussing [but] sadly the third act hits the movie like a torpedo, sending it slowly sinking into failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
May 7, 2007
G.I. JESÚS isn't perfect but in its modest manner it is an ambitious and intriguing film. It is packed with topics ranging from immigration to the deployment of potentially ill men and women to the lack of proper care for veterans to the haunting effects
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 26, 2009
Amateurish production values and unpolished writing hinder this occasionally touching portrait of Jesus (Joe Arquette), a Hispanic Iraq war vet returning to his wife and daughter.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
March 31, 2007
At times beautifully captures the fear and paranoia that accompany soldiers home from war but that too often gets muddled in the morass of Jesus' internal wanderings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
March 23, 2007
Like other underfunded indies ... G.I. Jesús plays more like a telenovela than a feature film.
| Original Score: 2/4
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
April 12, 2007
Writer-director Carl Colpaert brushes past the most interesting aspect of his own film.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 11, 2007
[Director] Colpaert makes nice use of blue and green hues, and he makes some valid points about the Iraqi war. But the script lacks coherence and ends with a 180-degree flip that lessens the impact of what has gone before.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
March 23, 2007
For such a gritty indie film, it's galling that [Arquette] and his family are so handsomely photogenic in a generic Hollywood way. Where's the rebellious truth in that?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Time Out
April 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Tony Macklin
Las Vegas Weekly
February 2, 2009
G.I. Jesus is what a movie at a film festival should be -- creative, original, and challenging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
March 25, 2007
Defiant anti-war metaphorical amalgam of US military martyrdom and boy toy gladiator servitude.
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Michael Ordońa
Los Angeles Times
January 26, 2007
The choices made by the characters are sure to infuriate some, but at least they add to the discussion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
April 4, 2007
An ambitious set of scrappy performances combined with a screenplay that threatens to fragment from shear edginess. Succeeds only due to the pure sincerity of the cast.
| Original Score: 7/10
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
April 9, 2007
G. I. Jesus may be a mixed bag, but it is so impressive in so many ways that it demands to be taken seriously.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
June 13, 2006
This unruly hodgepodge of actual combat footage and Manchurian Candidate-style surrealism is a bold, often clumsy, but always intriguing piece of work.
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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
January 25, 2007
... Colpaert has so vividly seized the contemporary moment, and explored it with his own eyes and conscience.
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
January 26, 2007
An hour into things, G.I. Jesus takes a dramatic left turn, extending a middle finger to materialism and extolling the virtues of cheap beer and good Mexican food over the killing of innocents. It's a message that cuts across borders and politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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New York Magazine/Vulture
January 25, 2007
The scattershot approach may not be masterful, but it does land some glancing blows.
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Hollywood Reporter
April 17, 2007
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