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February 3, 2007
The message is quite clear: We should withdraw our troops and let the Iraqis kill each other off.
Read More | Original Score: 2.7/5
February 3, 2007
The super-accurate reportage may be lost when combined with the war-flick plot. Fact and fiction have different audiences.
| Original Score: 6/10
February 2, 2007
The situation in The Situation is grimly photogenic, yet persistently opaque.
February 2, 2007
While not easy to watch, and at times even harder to follow, Haas' film is an important attempt to accurately capture the confusing reality of contemporary Iraq.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 2, 2007
The narrative has no direction. There is no central problem to be resolved, no goal to be reached.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 2, 2007
The gravitas that director Philip Haas and writer Wendell Steavenson would like to bring to bear in this smallish war thriller is simply not an achievable goal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 2, 2007
A powerful story about a frustrated American journalist risking her life to develop sources among Iraqi citizens who themselves are risking their lives to talk to her.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 2, 2007
[The Situation] plays like one long monologue, spread between a dozen characters.
Read More | Original Score: D+
February 2, 2007
Set in wartime Iraq, The Situation is exploitation cinema of the most narcoleptic kind.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
February 2, 2007
The Situation is by no means a perfect movie, but it does tackle difficult issues and makes clear that there are no easy answers.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 2, 2007
A beautifully written and realized behind-the-scenes story aiming to make some sense of all the violence and chaos in Iraq today.
February 2, 2007
The Situation never fails to be illustrative, like in straight reporting, but at the expense of catharsis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 1, 2007
Haas here imagines Iraq as the sun-bleached setting for an especially bleak film noir, in which love is treacherous, good intentions lead you-know-where and the line between good and evil is always shifting.
February 1, 2007
Audiences expecting this film to wring any kind of order from the ongoing chaos may find that The Situation merely reflects this 'situation's' rat's-nest confusion and seeming hopelessness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 31, 2007
An overstuffed, unengaging drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 30, 2007
The Situation is, to put it kindly, a spotty piece of work.
January 30, 2007
Awkward and half-digested.
January 30, 2007
Philip Haas's deftly paced, well-written, and brilliantly infuriating Iraq War thriller is not only the strongest of recent geopolitical hotspot flicks but one that has been designed for maximal agitation.
January 27, 2007
Using handheld cameras throughout, 'The Situation' draws the eye down into the human pieces that will one day make up history-book summaries.
January 25, 2007
... an inevitably dated contemplation of the complexities of the American occupation of Iraq ...
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