Movies Like Iraq in Fragments

Opening

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40% Divergent $7.4M
15% God's Not Dead $5.5M
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel $4.1M
79% Muppets Most Wanted $2.3M
78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman $1.9M

Coming Soon

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56% The Originals: Season 1
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96% Silicon Valley: Season 1

Iraq in Fragments Reviews

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Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Visually, the director's flair is impressive. But Longley's clear intention of using children's faces to better tug at our heartstrings would be more admirable if it didn't feel as shamelessly staged.

March 6, 2008
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Bafflingly, the threats in an occupied country consistently come from within, not without or overhead: what has the effect of the US occupation and Hussein's vicious rule been on these people? Offers a fragmented, obscuring picture of Iraq.

April 1, 2007
Matt Pais
Metromix.com

People talk about the country being split into pieces, but there's not much shown to articulate how, when or why that is the case.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 9, 2006
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com

Much of what is captured will be familiar for viewers of Frontline or other recent documentaries.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 7, 2006
Robert Koehler
Variety
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Brings back nothing journalistically substantial from the war front.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 23, 2006
Philip French
Observer [UK]

There are some striking images, but the film is less useful for not having any commentary on the confused events depicted.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

January 27, 2007
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Longley's journalistic discipline is as impressive as his artistic eye: He's content to show, not tell.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 92/100

January 6, 2007
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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This visually sumptuous movie richly deserves the cinematography, editing and directing prizes it carried off at Sundance last January.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 16, 2006
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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A documentary of stunning immediacy and marvelous images...

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

November 17, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

There are embedded journalists in Iraq, and then there is "Iraq in Fragments" director James Longley.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

February 1, 2007
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Style comes occasionally close to taking precedence over its heartfelt humanistic intentions, yet the film's deep respect for human resilience and hope ultimately renders cynical accusations of touristy condescension moot.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

November 3, 2006
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Director James Longley doesn't say anything new about the politics of Iraq, but he leaves us with a vivid impression of its people, its places and its seemingly irreconcilable contradictions.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 15, 2007
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com

Told in tones both wondrous and horrible.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

November 10, 2006
Kam Williams
EURWeb

A heartbreaking assessment of Iraq's reconstruction from the point-of-view of its intended beneficiaries.

Full Review Source: EURWeb | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 28, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The film is unusual among Iraq documentaries for its impressionistic, frequently gorgeous cinematography and for its structure: It's split into thirds, one about a Sunni (the boy), one about a Shiite mob, and one about the quiet Kurds up north.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

November 8, 2006
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Documentary filmmaker James Longley (Gaza Strip) has a flair for cinematography and editing and a poetic sensibility that informs both these talents.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 3-4

November 10, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Although the film doesn't make any earth-shattering discoveries, it at least attempts to put a face on an 'enemy' that few Americans have considered.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

December 30, 2006
Sam Jordison
Film4

A work of beauty as well as horror, Iraq In Fragments is one of the best of the many documentaries to come out of that ruined country. It's powerful, enlightening and necessarily depressing.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 15, 2007
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An engrossing award-winning documentary about the chaotic and bloody situation in Iraq as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

November 2, 2006
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

... a beauty and a richly textured palette rarely seen in such video documentaries.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: A

November 9, 2006
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 7, 2007
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