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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
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
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
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
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.
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-
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
February 20, 2007
The Situation does an admirable job of guiding us through an almost hopeless quagmire.
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
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.
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 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
February 2, 2007
The situation in The Situation is grimly photogenic, yet persistently opaque.
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
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 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 25, 2007
... an inevitably dated contemplation of the complexities of the American occupation of Iraq ...
January 16, 2007
Part war drama, part political thriller, part romance -- and wholly uninvolving.
October 31, 2006
[The] film is undeniably topical but the lack of emotional investment in its characters renders it more intelligent than engaging.