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The Road To Guantanamo (2006)

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86

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 95
Fresh: 82 | Rotten: 13

A gut-wrenching and riveting docu-drama that serves as a stinging indictment of U.S. military justice in an era of ever-increasing scrutiny.

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 6

A gut-wrenching and riveting docu-drama that serves as a stinging indictment of U.S. military justice in an era of ever-increasing scrutiny.

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Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival, The Road to Guantanamo, directed by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, uses interviews, news footage, and reenactments to tell the story of the Tipton Three, young British men of Pakistani descent who were detained for over two years without charges at Guantanamo Bay by the American military. Shafiq (played by Riz Ahmed in the reenactments), Ruhel (Farhad Harun), Asif (Arfan Usman), and Monir (Waqar Siddiqui) traveled to Pakistan

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Oct 24, 2006

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All Critics (99) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (82) | Rotten (13) | DVD (8)

The Road to Guantánamo will drive you crazy, if you aren't crazy yet.

October 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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It makes its point in a way that a straight documentary could not.

July 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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While not an altogether convincing character study of the three detainees, Guantanamo is a nonetheless chilling indictment.

July 7, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Offers a gripping rebuke of the way prisoners are treated at Guantanamo, even though it never entirely settles important questions about what the Tipton Three might have been up to.

July 7, 2006
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Winterbottom's re-enactors do a persuasive job of depicting young men whose ad hoc decision to travel from Pakistan to Afghanistan put them solidly in the wrong-place/wrong-time category.

July 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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A bracing docu-drama.

July 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Timely political documentary that resolves one set of issues while rsiaing others.

July 13, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

The director's slovenliness is a torture device of its own, but the grueling point is well taken

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Director Michael Winterbottom brings us face-to-face with the national humiliation of Guantanamo prison where the Geneva Convention and legal protocol have been disposed of like the now-filthy rivers of our country.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

If we ever felt like the soldiers and interrogators seen here were in any way human, Winterbottom and Whitecross' indictment of their behavior would hit twice as hard.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

An astonishing tale of survival, a kind of modern Odyssey with a touch of the old mistaken-identity scenario, presented in a pointedly discriminating first-person narrative.

September 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

While THE ROAD TO GUANTÁNAMO treats the men's tales with respect, astute viewers will question the nature of the youths' visits.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Gripping, nightmarish, and at times bleakly funny, The Road To Guantánamo is far too important a personal testimony to go unheard.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Guided terror tour of US atrocity culture.

April 22, 2007 Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio
WBAI Web Radio

Forte sem jamais se tornar apelativo, é uma denúncia contundente que expõe, de forma inequívoca, os abusos, a crueldade e a arrogância atroz do governo norte-americano, cujos integrantes deveriam ser julgados por crimes de guerra.

December 19, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Until we get an accounting, let's be grateful we've got the docudrama.

November 11, 2006 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

Road to Guantánamo is surprisingly confusing about how they got themselves captured %u2026 Perhaps the most astounding aspect of the story is the revelation that their experiences have helped them become better, stronger people

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

This is a horrifying movie, all the more so because it's true...

November 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Revulsion can be an effective tool in exposing wrongdoing. But in the murky confrontation between militant Islam and the West, truth will always be the better road to freedom.

October 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

... Muddled--yet haunting even if it should prove to be only slightly true.

October 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Raw, riveting filmmaking that shines a light on the dark underbelly of the 'war on terror.' . . . a searing exposé of how badly our supposedly democratic, rights-upholding part of the world has lost its way since September 11.

August 27, 2006
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

What happened to them was an accident, but what was done to them is a cautionary tale of how the treatment of prisoners reflects on their captors, and how such treatment can breed the very things we fear: defiant, hardened enemies of the West.

August 25, 2006
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A startling indictment of post-9/11 injustice [that] should anger people of all political persuasions.

August 22, 2006
Salt Lake Tribune

Tells a powerful story, even if you do have to wonder about the sensitivity of releasing a film like this so close to the anniversary of 9/11.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The conception doesn't work perfectly.... Still, the film is muscular, persuasive, and necessary without being exploitative.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Audience Reviews for The Road To Guantanamo

Americans need to wake up as to what we are doing in the name of protecting ourselves from terrorist!! Are we becoming terrorist ourselves?
February 2, 2013
Tomassgringo

Super Reviewer

Brilliant retelling of what happened to three brothers that were captured on their way to a wedding and subsequently sent to Guantanamo Bay. Chilling and effective, this film is a stunning drama with documentary elements. This is a well constructed film that exposes the conditions of Guantanamo Bay. Brilliant, sad and eye opening this is a film that exposes the condition of the infamous prison. This is a disturbing film that should be seen to be believed. Brilliant and provoking, The Road to Guantanamo is one terrific documentary that makes you ask important questions. This is a disturbing film that shows the harsh realities of what happened to three detainees in Guantanamo Bay. Provoking and it does a great job at re-enacting the ordeal of the three men that were falsely imprisoned, this is a must see film for anyone looking for a haunting, thrilling and memorable documentary to watch. I really enjoyed the film and thought it was very insightful. Though this is a re inactment, I found the film to be nonetheless disturbing and quite the unique viewing experience. If you're looking for a solid documentary to watch, give this film a shot. As far as documentaries are concerned, Road to Guantanamo Bay delivers. The film has a take no prisoners' attitude that gives the real deal of what really goes on behind the walls at Guantanamo. Brilliant, provocative and shocking, this is a well crafted documentary film.
August 27, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Shafiq: My name's Shafiq Rasul, and I'm from Tipton, I tell them I ain't Taliban, but they don't wanna listen. You won't believe I just came out here, for my mate's wedding, do you? I never thought my ass, would be heading for Cuba. 

The Road to Guantanamo is a disturbing and very well made docudrama about three friends from England who were imprisoned in Guantanamo. The film uses interviews with the actual people, along with new footage and reenactments of the events that took place. The movie is both sad and terrifying. To think about what those three went through and also about the others who had been wrongfully imprisoned there that we don't know about.

Michael Winterbottom is an amazing director. This is up there with my favorite movie from him; A Mighty Heart. The way he weaves both the actual interviews and the reenactments together is great. The cast is actually pretty good. They make the situations and characters they are reenacting believable.

This isn't a movie that you want to watch, but one that you need to watch. It's an important and well-made piece of filmmaking about The Tipton Three and the injustice they received at the hands of the United States Military.
August 11, 2011
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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

It's incredible and really brings to light what went/goes on out there. People who you would think you can trust eg. the US and UK military and embassy workers, spinning lies just to get those poor men to "admit" they're involved with terrorist cells. It's disgusting how they were treated in Guantanamo and even more disgusting how only an extremely small amount of detainees there ever go to trial and the fact that none were found guilty is just horrendous. I understand the military not believing what some of those men say but obviously a lot of them are honestly telling the truth and being coaxed into confessions.
April 2, 2011
StarCrossedVoyager

Super Reviewer

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