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The Ground Truth (2006)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 41 | Rotten: 6

The stories the soldiers have to tell are eye-opening and wrenching to hear; collectively it's a searing peek into the toll of war both during and after.


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 3

The stories the soldiers have to tell are eye-opening and wrenching to hear; collectively it's a searing peek into the toll of war both during and after.



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Filmmaker Patricia Foulkrod produced and directed this documentary, designed to shed light on a little examined side of war -- the soldiers who do the fighting. The Ground Truth: The Human Cost of War focuses on the men and women who fought in the War in Iraq, but found themselves largely ignored in the media coverage of the conflict and in their treatment by the military bureaucracy when they came back from the front lines. In extensive interviews with veterans of the Iraq war, these men and


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Sep 26, 2006

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The voices of these brave young people reverberate hauntingly.

September 21, 2006 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Mostly a string of talking-head interviews, but those talking heads -- more than 16 men and women -- are compelling.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It's a haunting and welcome addition to the growing library of war documentaries; one that wisely lets its subjects speak for themselves.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The Ground Truth powerfully documents the human cost of the Iraq war.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It's an edifying, upsetting film that offers a different perspective on the situation in the Middle East.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Those vets certainly deserve to be heard, but virtually every scene of the film tells us something we already knew.

September 15, 2006
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perhaps the most important protest statement yet committed to film since the outbreak of [the Iraq War]

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"The success of The Ground Truth lies in the courageously open and honest interviewees, but it works because of Rob Hall's editing, which not only compiles for us a perfectly evidential collection of footage but does so at a pace that doesn't dilly-dally

January 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical

This film is effective because it doesn't rely on statistics, but rather interviews with soldiers, interspersed with combat footage.

August 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Um retrato impactante das feridas de guerra invisíveis e do descaso com que o governo Bush lida com aqueles que finge honrar.

April 17, 2007
Cinema em Cena

The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends makes up in raw anger what it lacks in objectivity.

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Show Business Weekly
Show Business Weekly

[W]hat makes The Ground Truth compelling viewing for hawks and doves alike is the straightforward manner in which the participants tell their stories.

September 20, 2006
iF Magazine

The Ground Truth ought to show in classrooms and outside of army recruiting stations.

September 18, 2006 Full Review Source:

The veteran's problems are something which should be done something about and soon, but a theatrical release of a propaganda film is not going to do anything for their cause.

September 15, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

This film, a raw howl of outrage and pain, is proudly one-sided, allowing a generation of wounded men and women to scream their betrayal.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

This documentary is enraging. So much lip service is paid to supporting the troops; so little support is actually given.

September 15, 2006

It's an essential piece of the narrative, and there's little doubt that the voices of these objectors will only grow louder over the coming months and years.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Audience Reviews for The Ground Truth

[font=Century Gothic]The illuminating documentary, "The Ground Truth", reminded me of what a ROTC cadet told me during the First Gulf War - that if you enlist in the armed forces, you may be called on to kill at some point. Let's have no illusions. It is true but only up to a point. A good deal of the veterans returning from Iraq who are interviewed for this documentary(Basically, not the kinds of people that are heard from everyday. Thankfully, no pundits are included. Just a couple of experts.) are National Guard and were not expecting to be stationed there, least of all to be placed in a position to kill civilians. Did the masterminds of this catastrophe have any idea what they were sending these brave soldiers into? Some of whom return missing limbs; others are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) because of their experiences and for which they do not receive adequate treatment.[/font]
June 15, 2007
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Rough to watch but heartfelt and honest.
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