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July 9, 2007
I don't think this movie sheds any new light on 'the situation', but it could have, and it's a shame that it didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 27, 2007
A pretty lousy movie in general, though it's the film's somewhat accusatory Iraq War subject matter that's getting it some attention -- deserved or not -- that makes the whole thing a little distasteful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sandy MacDonald
Boston Globe
April 13, 2007
The concept is strong and expertly fleshed out; it's just a pity that Hollywood tropes are allowed to invade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
April 13, 2007
Beneath the melodrama is an insider's account of the seemingly inconsequential details often edited out of dispatches from the front.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 13, 2007
The essential message in this strongly felt film comes clear: 'It's Iraq.' It used to be bad, but now it's worse. And anyone in his right mind, including Iraqis, wants to get out.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
March 30, 2007
The Situation' is bound to stir up controversy because of the way Americans are portrayed, and anything that gets people talking and thinking is for the good. It brings the war home, where our soldiers should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
March 30, 2007
It's a credit to the material and the basic plot that even as you're groaning over a clunky speech explaining it all, you're completely focused on what the situation in Iraq actually is.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
March 30, 2007
[Haas'] attempt to convey the tangled relations between sheikhs and insurgents, occupiers and civilians is undercut by Wendell Steavenson's mightily overwritten screenplay.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
March 30, 2007
Bringing the chaos down to very human terms redefines the paradigm for thinking about the occupation, and makes this a film that is more than a mere exercise in action/adventure
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 8, 2007
There are a half dozen people in colorful supporting roles all of whom have their own truths. And all of whom are far more interesting, as characters and actors, than [Connie Nielsen].
| Original Score: C-
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
March 2, 2007
A gripping briefing on the post-Saddam morass of Iraq. The tactical calculus used by sheiks, insurgents, CIA operatives, soldiers, and civilians is ugly, but it's not inscrutable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
February 24, 2007
Even as it makes a mucky melodrama out of the war in Iraq, this effect does not seem entirely inappropriate, as it accommodates a U.S. perspective of its own actions.
February 21, 2007
You want better for this film, but the discomfort it causes is not a matter of it being too soon for the audience, but rather, it seems, for the filmmakers.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 20, 2007
The Situation does an admirable job of guiding us through an almost hopeless quagmire.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
February 11, 2007
His heart is in the right place, and our current situation cries out for a film like this %u2026 like this, but much better made.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
February 9, 2007
It's [Wendell Steavenson] first screenplay, and it shows; while not the movie's only problem, the script is a big one, made up as it is primarily of dialogue that isn't just expository, but clunkily explanatory.
| Original Score: 2/
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 8, 2007
The Situation is promoting itself as the first American dramatic feature film to deal with the occupation of Iraq. While that may be true, it turns out not to matter that much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 8, 2007
The film would have made a serviceable drama, perhaps, if [writer] Steavenson and [director] Haas weren't so inured to trite utterances.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 8, 2007
As ambitious in scope as it is interpretively timid, The Situation delivers the requisite incendiary climax, but collapses in on itself with daft speeches about the elusiveness of truth in something called 'the fourth dimension of time.'
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
February 7, 2007
It fails to strike an emotional chord, however, with a meandering narrative and heroes who spout rhetoric like pundits.
| Original Score: 2/4
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