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The Situation Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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
PopMatters
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.
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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.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
February 3, 2007
The message is quite clear: We should withdraw our troops and let the Iraqis kill each other off.
| Original Score: 2.7/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide
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
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
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-
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
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.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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.
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
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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