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August 23, 2017
The film takes place in current day Iraq (although it was primarily filmed in Morocco) and it makes everybody out to be pathetic. And while this is a major problem, it is not even the film's greatest flaw.
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.'
February 2, 2007
The situation in The Situation is grimly photogenic, yet persistently opaque.
January 23, 2007
Tackles its topical subject with lurching focus and plenty of from-the-mouths-of-mouthpieces didacticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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 narrative has no direction. There is no central problem to be resolved, no goal to be reached.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
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
January 31, 2007
An overstuffed, unengaging drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
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].
Read More | Original Score: C-
January 13, 2007
Having served my duty by pointing out the main failures of the film, it's equally obligatory to say that by film's end you have a better understanding of the opposing interests that are deconstructing Iraq than media coverage conveys.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 31, 2006
[The] film is undeniably topical but the lack of emotional investment in its characters renders it more intelligent than engaging.
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.
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
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 7, 2007
It fails to strike an emotional chord, however, with a meandering narrative and heroes who spout rhetoric like pundits.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 2, 2007
Had traces of human feeling, but [it's] mostly didactic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 30, 2007
Awkward and half-digested.
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