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Occupation: Dreamland Reviews

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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

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2005

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 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
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
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
Joshua Land
Village Voice
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A fair-minded (but hardly apolitical) grunt's-eye view of the war in Iraq that trusts the audience to draw its own conclusions.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 20, 2005
Dave White
Movies.com

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: A

September 16, 2005
Jay Weissberg
Variety
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More than a simple record of a couple of embedded helmers in Iraq, Occupation: Dreamland gives voice to usually tightlipped GIs in and around the volatile city of Fallujah.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 8, 2005
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The portrait that emerges is of proud and articulate recruits who are also young, often undereducated and usually underemployed.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2005

Time Out
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out New York
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Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006

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Houston Chronicle
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October 15, 2005

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