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Stop-Loss Reviews

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Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media
December 17, 2010
Mature, violent war drama tackles heavy issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 4, 2008
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 ...
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 4, 2008
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
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 2, 2008
...once it makes its point, it tends to pile on, never making an entirely convincing drama nor an entirely convincing argument.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Stephen Silver
The Trend
June 11, 2008
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
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 5, 2008
[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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin McCarthy
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
May 24, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
May 22, 2008
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.
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
May 15, 2008
An honest vocalization of the inchoate discomfort so many Americans on either side of the political divide are feeling.
| Original Score: B
May 1, 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 | Original Score: 4/5
April 25, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Bushell
BBC.com
April 25, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Helen OHara
Empire Magazine
April 25, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 24, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 17, 2008
Telling antiwar film as seen through the eyes of those patriotic volunteers who fought in Iraq and are now disillusioned.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
April 15, 2008
A powerful film that doesn't pull punches, "Stop-Loss" is the first important film of 2008.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 14, 2008
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 11, 2008
A flawed movie, made with sympathy and integrity...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ethan Alter
Giant Magazine
April 10, 2008
While the film is far from perfect, Stop-Loss is one of the better narrative features to be made about the Iraq War.
Harry Chotiner
culturevulture.net
April 7, 2008
... 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.
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