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Stop-Loss Reviews

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Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media

Mature, violent war drama tackles heavy issues.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 17, 2010
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Following the harrowing and superbly made opening sequences of hand to hand combat in Iraq, we can feel the frustrations and the anger through the film, and we sympathise. But the film has a confused message ...

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 4, 2008
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Stop-Loss is a tough film to watch and one that raises issues of concern that travel far beyond the war-torn regions. But whether its message is accurately targeted is for the viewer to decide

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 4, 2008
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...once it makes its point, it tends to pile on, never making an entirely convincing drama nor an entirely convincing argument.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

July 2, 2008
Stephen Silver
The Trend

The reason "Stop Loss" works, unlike its 2007 predecessors, is that it cares more about its characters than it does about making a political point.

| Original Score: 4/5

June 11, 2008
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

[Peirce's] film looks at the fallout of war in lives lost and lives ruined, pain that has a trickle-up effect on our nation's image of itself.

Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 5, 2008
Kevin McCarthy
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)

Though it is very message oriented and a little sloppy at times, I found the subject to be really interesting and the opening war scene will blow you away.

Full Review Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio) | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 24, 2008
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

The war in Iraq has itself become the realization of the shameful "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (it's not just gays and lesbians that are being told to look the other way). Stop-Loss reveals just one ugly aspect of such insidiousness.

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

May 22, 2008
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience

An honest vocalization of the inchoate discomfort so many Americans on either side of the political divide are feeling.

| Original Score: B

May 15, 2008

But whatever you think about the Iraq war and the people who are fighting in it, you'll be shaken up and moved by Stop-Loss.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 4/5

May 1, 2008

Distancing Stop-Loss from other Iraq films by highlighting an American military tactic that has been little talked about, Peirce has crafted a credible but hardly outstanding effort that may disappoint those expecting another Boys Don't Cry.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

April 25, 2008
Laura Bushell
BBC.com

Stop Loss takes some time out from the argument over the validity of the war to ask a question closer to home - whether the emotional battlefield America subjects its young soldiers to is actually worth it.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

April 25, 2008
Helen OHara
Empire Magazine

Strong performances from the young cast make a compelling case that the US govt is failing its soldiers, but the film's a little too much of a blunt instrument.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 25, 2008
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Kimberly Peirce's long-awaited follow-up to Boys Don't Cry is a thought-provoking, emotionally engaging drama that packs a surprisingly powerful punch.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

April 24, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Telling antiwar film as seen through the eyes of those patriotic volunteers who fought in Iraq and are now disillusioned.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

April 17, 2008
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

A powerful film that doesn't pull punches, "Stop-Loss" is the first important film of 2008.

Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 15, 2008
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Peirce ... dramatizes the problems of the Iraqi War vet with more subtlety than we've seen from other filmmakers.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 14, 2008
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A flawed movie, made with sympathy and integrity...

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

April 11, 2008
Ethan Alter
Giant Magazine

While the film is far from perfect, Stop-Loss is one of the better narrative features to be made about the Iraq War.

Full Review Source: Giant Magazine

April 10, 2008
Harry Chotiner
culturevulture.net

... if Pierce is going to create a character who has the deep desire ... to resist the military- then she owes it to Brandon to let him be true to himself.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

April 7, 2008
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