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Restrepo Reviews

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 24, 2011
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
Restrepo avoids political discussion. It just revels in the heroism of these impossibly young, brave soldiers who follow orders that at times seem pointless because following them is what their country has asked them to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Jenkins
Time Out
October 6, 2010
The camera lingers on the soldiers' smiles and tears and shows the human face of military tactics which reduce people to chess pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 23, 2010
At this point in all our Middle Eastern conflicts, we need more from a documentary than just a grunts-eye-view of the frustrating nature of the war.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Holleman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 12, 2010
The directors were satisfied with telling us about a group of courageous, honorable young soldiers -- a salute these men richly deserve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 6, 2010
A look at both the tragic folly of war and the camaraderie of men under pressure, the documentary Restrepo holds both hope and horror.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 6, 2010
In hewing closely to the rhythms of war, Junger and Hetherington forgo different considerations about war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 29, 2010
The reaction of a soldier to the death of another - unvarnished, disbelieving grief so raw it's difficult to watch - is among the most moving footage of war and its cost imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 22, 2010
After the recent avalanche of pundit-filled advocacy documentaries about health care, failing schools and environmental collapse, it's a bracing experience to be trusted to think for oneself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 16, 2010
The relative formlessness of Restrepo is, in itself, a kind of dramatic structure. It reflects the stop-start waywardness of war in general, and of this war in particular.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Preston Jones
Dallas Morning News
July 16, 2010
By keeping the focus solely upon the outpost and the soldiers who lived and fought there, the co-directors effectively seal the film off from any external influence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
July 16, 2010
Though Hetherington and Junger's film doesn't ultimately have anything new to say about the nature of war, it will nonetheless have a strong impact on those of us fortunate enough to have experienced combat only in its motion-picture form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 15, 2010
Try as it might to keep its distance from opinion and focus on the facts, Restrepo can't help leaving you with a sense of despair about the situation in Afghanistan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 1, 2010
A riveting, you-are-there, deployment to a godforsaken place where United States troops are pinned down by enemy fire almost every day...
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 1, 2010
The filmmakers call Restrepo an experimental film; and in this case, the experiment wasn't entirely successful, but it was definitely worth making.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 1, 2010
In their just-the-facts approach, the filmmakers neither pass judgment on the platoon's mission nor comment on U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. In the filmmakers' eyes, the men came, they saw, they didn't conquer; they do reflect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 1, 2010
It's an essential record not only of the Afghanistan conflict but of men in battle
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 1, 2010
This is hard, hard duty. A 15-month tour. Our admiration for these men grows. Their jobs seem beyond conceiving. I cannot imagine a civilian thinking he could perform them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
June 28, 2010
It's the best thing I've seen in a long time.
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New York Daily News
June 25, 2010
Places audiences into the same groggy but frazzled rhythm as its combatants.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 25, 2010
What we see is explosive, deeply moving and impossible to shake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 25, 2010
Has the spare, lyrical force of an elegy.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 25, 2010
A gut-wrenching, politically neutral documentary that spends more than a year with a platoon of American GIs in a valley that's been called the most dangerous spot on Earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 24, 2010
This movie will stir your heart and open your mind. It's a group portrait of practicing patriots.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 24, 2010
Just how close the filmmakers were to the action, and the risks they took with the project, filter into virtually every scene. We hear the bullets whizzing past, breaking branches in nearby trees.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 24, 2010
The combat footage Junger and Hetherington got for Restrepo is unlike anything ever seen in a documentary; it's raw, relentless, and made all the more unsettling because neither the soldiers nor the audience can see who's doing the shooting.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
June 24, 2010
A documentary so real and unflinching (and at times deeply frightening) that it's hard to watch, but it is one of those film experiences that you'll feel glad about getting through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 23, 2010
It's doubtful you'll ever see a combat documentary that channels the chaos of war as thoroughly as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 23, 2010
Getting to the end of this battalion's tour is a tense, unnerving experience, divorced from a conventional arc and immune from even the most clichéd comments: A soldier calls being under fire "like crack," and you nod vigorously.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
June 22, 2010
The warrior drama unfolds organically, without artificial suspense.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
June 21, 2010
In-depth account of Army deployment in an Afghanistan hotspot shows soldiering at its most rugged.
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John Anderson
Variety
June 21, 2010
Despite its remarkably intimate footage of war and loss, Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's documentary suffers from the same problem as the ongoing U.S. drama in Afghanistan: a lack of narrative coherence.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 18, 2010
Restrepo is, on its own terms, a stunning piece of work, but to get even more from it you should buy Junger's book, WAR, which expands on the footage we see.