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Gunner Palace Reviews

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Chris Barsanti

not quite as rogue as its filmmakers appear to think,

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

June 16, 2005
Eric D. Snider

Practically agenda-free, but a slice-of-life like this loses steam after about 45 minutes. At least a strident political viewpoint gives you something to talk about.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C+

March 23, 2005
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The directors of this documentary about our troops in Baghdad tell us more about their own views than the soldiers' ...

| Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Esta versão estendida (e entediante) de COPS se preocupa tanto em mostrar os soldados chocados por serem odiados que se esquece de comentar que eles nem deveriam estar ali.

| Original Score: 1/5

May 3, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Too much of the film feels like a slavish imitation of the fictional Apocalypse Now, with Michael Tucker's narration sounding like a parody of Martin Sheen's raspy weariness.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 7, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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You certainly can't question Tucker's bravery, but you may occasionally feel the urge to ask him to be quiet.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

April 7, 2005
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

First-time documentary makers (Michael) Tucker and ... Petra Epperlein ... get a little bogged down in letting soldiers express their feelings through amateur rap.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2005

The documentary succeeds [on some levels], but it seems to miss the boat with the narration and the way the movie is edited together.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 15, 2005
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Although this embedded view is revealing, watching the unformed footage becomes tedious.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: C

April 13, 2005
Jurgen Fauth

Does little to further the discussion on the war.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 4, 2005
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The motive may be worthy, but chaos of events mirrored by chaos of technique does not make for a film.

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March 3, 2005
Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
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Tucker has an eye for arresting imagery, but not the maturity or finesse to illuminate it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

March 10, 2005
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Hamstrung by embarrassingly trite narration and a lack of any sort of unifying theme in its editing.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1/4

March 8, 2005
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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We don't get to know the soldiers as individuals well enough.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

March 11, 2005
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The film, though sympathetic to the soldiers, is really an homage to the very worst in American culture.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 15, 2005

Baltimore Sun

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 2/4

March 18, 2005
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Tucker and Epperlein are pushing no agenda other than respect and support for U.S. soldiers, and that alone is worth watching.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

March 24, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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But they're very good at documenting the tedium of the place and the work, the banal dangers of an occupation where the enemy could be anyone.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

March 25, 2005

This past week the 1500th American died in Iraq, making the documentary Gunner Palace all too timely.

Full Review Source: CHUD | Original Score: 9/10

March 4, 2005
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 3/4

March 30, 2005
Nigel Floyd
Time Out New York
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Leonard Maltin
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March 10, 2005
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
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May 12, 2006

Boston Phoenix
March 12, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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June 24, 2006

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