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The Invisible War (2012)



Critic Consensus: The Invisible War is a vital and frank expose on sexual assault in the U.S. military, shot by master filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film is Not Yet Rated).

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The Invisible War is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of our country's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within our US military. Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire with the number of assaults in the last decade alone in the hundreds of thousands. Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of several young women, the film reveals the systemic cover up of the crimes against them and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. The Invisible War features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm conditions that exist for rape in the military, its history of cover-up, and what can be done to bring about much needed change. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Kirby Dick, Doug Blush, Amy Ziering Kofman, Amy Ziering
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 23, 2012
Box Office: $66.2k
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Critic Reviews for The Invisible War

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (22)

I can hardly wait to see which closet Dick will throw open next.

Full Review… | January 7, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A must-see exposé of the abuse of power in an institution that is supposed to serve and protect.

Full Review… | January 7, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

I have rarely been more righteously riled up than I was while watching the documentary The Invisible War.

Full Review… | January 7, 2013
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Interview after interview, statistic after statistic, Dick's advocacy project thoroughly incenses -- and appears to be having results.

Full Review… | January 7, 2013
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

This travesty has been encouraged by a military culture that blames the victim and a policy directing soldiers to refer complaints to their commanding officer, which typically results in no action or even reprisals against those speaking out.

Full Review… | January 7, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The Invisible War is as compelling as Silence in the House of God, Alex Gibney's study of abusive Catholic priests.

Full Review… | March 14, 2014
London Evening Standard

Audience Reviews for The Invisible War


Well, there's the good part of the American experiment, and then there's the rest. This is a piece about some of that other, wherein representatives of the land of the free and home of the brave justify rape by your colleagues as simply an "occupational hazard". A national disgrace, not only for the crime against our sons and daughters but more so for the sanctioned cover-up after the fact, protecting the abusers. Got a Leave it to Beaver view of America, of its military (the highest example of The Dream), then this is not for you.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Trigger Warning: descriptions of women going through reporting after sexual assault. Though I knew a bit about the inner workings of the US military, their treatment of women was a complete mystery. It turns out, female soldiers are treated as commodities even when they are risking their lives for this country. Not only that, but women in the military are forced into silence and their assailants go unconvicted. Various women come forward to tell their horrifying stories in this film, and the way they were mishandled by the military is terrifying. The system in place is hurting, and giving PTSD, to hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of women, and it needs to end permanently. This is a seriously emotional look into an institution that devalues women and, worst of all, creates an environment where women feel unsafe. These women joined the military to serve their country, but by the end of the film they hate the institution that they triumphed. That, above all else, is the most disheartening thing to see.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Disturbing and maddening, Kirby Dick's "The Invisible War" is an unfortunate document on the rampant rape and sexual violations that occur within the U.S. military, and how a corrupt system allows such acts to go unpunished on a continuous basis. Dick keenly steps aside and allows the victims of these atrocities and their gut-wrenching testimonies to be the heart of the film... rendered in the simplest, most straightforward of fashions. Much to nearly all of the visual inventiveness and on-screen director input present in "This Film is Not Yet Rated" (a great film also by Dick) has been stripped away and the film is more unshakable because of it. This is indeed heavy, uncomfortable content, but a powerful account that should be considered mandatory viewing for every single man and woman considering a career in the U.S. armed forces. It's sure to change a mind or two.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

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