United Red Army Reviews

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 25, 2011
The film's commitment to representing the harsh truths of an unfortunate historical moment is admirable, but it tends to grate rather than illuminate.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
May 22, 2011
Kji Wakamatsu's achievement is to show us how that violence can turn as easily inward as it does out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
May 25, 2011
Kji Wakamatsu's messy, punishing 2008 meta-docudrama about the cult-like sect of 1970s Japanese revolutionaries gets a long-overdue release.
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
May 11, 2011
Fusing together documentary footage and tense dramatization, Wakamatsu has produced the kind of heterogeneous cinematic object that doesn't usually get released in the U.S. unless it takes place in the Thai jungle.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 26, 2011
The stilted and awkward physical and vocal performances in combination with the visually flat cinematography bring to mind the look, sound and visual texture of American daytime soaps, an association that perversely makes the movie more and more watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
February 19, 2012
...historical drama as psychological thriller.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
May 24, 2011
Grueling [but] engrossing.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 27, 2011
Running more than three hours, "United Red Army" is a raw mix of documentary and fiction...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Louis Proyect
November 22, 2010
Compelling tale of ultraleftism becoming nihilistic in Japan.
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Andrew O'Hehir
May 31, 2011
If you're keeping tabs on the recent cinematic reconsideration of 1960s and '70s left-wing terrorism, Wakamatsu's devastating chronicle of the ultra-violent fringe of Japanese student radicalism is a must-see.
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Russell Edwards
February 23, 2012
Vadim Rizov
Boxoffice Magazine
June 7, 2011
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