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Occupation: Dreamland Reviews

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Christopher Null

Aside from the year it was made, there's nothing that Dreamland adds to a very, very full genre

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

March 23, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The occupation may have settled into grim, bloody drudgery. But if we're going to learn anything about the place and our involvement there, films about it can't join suit.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

February 3, 2006
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

More sympathetic and interesting than the stars of Gunner Palace, these fellas are both a microcosm of society and individuals in their own right.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

February 2, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Could be the poster film for the protest-the-war, support-the-troops mentality.

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

January 6, 2006
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's frustrating to see these filmmakers continually lobbing softball questions at their subjects.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

December 10, 2005
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

If you saw Gunner Palace, there's not much fresh or insightful here.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

December 9, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Lets the soldiers speak for themselves in a series of interviews that reveal wildly divergent political stands, although pretty much all the soldiers voice doubts about why, exactly, they are there.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

November 17, 2005
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Regardless of your views on the war, this documentary will create stirring portraits that you'll long remember.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 14, 2005
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

The thoughts and experiences captured in this film reveal much that we haven't seen in all the action-oriented news footage and short-term embedded correspondence from the war.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 22, 2005

The enlisted men speak frankly of their feelings about the job that they signed on to do and carry out their missions even though they don't have the big picture information.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

October 17, 2005
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Serves a useful public service; more important, it's an engrossing film in its own right.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B

October 16, 2005
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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It offers a look at the kind of Americans not often put on movie screens.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 15, 2005
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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A compelling mosaic of voices, some discouraged, some enthusiastic, all aware that there's a job to be done and that they must do it to the best of their abilities.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

October 13, 2005
Jessica Winter
L.A. Weekly
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Without resorting to the steroid-pumped aggro flash of Gunner Palace, Occupation: Dreamland reinforces the impression that the American rodeo in Iraq was always a murderously pointless self-security op.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 13, 2005
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

It vividly conveys a threacherous war in much the same way as a recent predecessor, "Gunnar Palace" which, through a more artful presentation is the better for it.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/5

October 8, 2005
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Watching Occupation: Dreamland, which was directed by Ian Olds and Garrett Scott, anyone old enough to remember news footage from Vietnam will experience a powerful, dismaying sense of deja vu.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 3/4

October 1, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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I think Gunner Palace was in some sense a fairer film.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 30, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A grunt's-eye view of the current conflict that needs to be seen, regardless of a viewer's political persuasion.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

September 30, 2005
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Occupation: Dreamland presents a compelling study of composure and decency in the midst of overwhelming pointlessness.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 23, 2005
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Straightforward and immensely powerful, the movie offers a blunt assessment of the war from soldiers currently fighting it, and their perspective is not pretty.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 23, 2005
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