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Green Zone Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Green Zone is the rare miss from frequent collaborators Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 3, 2011
It's one thing for the filmmakers to (sort of) fictionalize real people, but Green Zone wraps up with a wish-fulfillment fantasy that is about as believable as watching reinforcements riding in to save Custer.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ben Walters
Time Out
March 15, 2010
Greengrass concocts a formula with a fighting chance of dispelling the Curse of the Hollywood Iraq Movie. If a picture as conventionally accessible as Green Zone tanks, that campaign is surely lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
March 12, 2010
Distills -- not simplifies -- the clashing forces that dashed our chance of peace. Greengrass is economical in his scenes; the film bolts forward like a greyhound chasing a lure.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 12, 2010
Reduces policies that caused the deaths of thousands to the equivalent of a first-person-shooter video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 12, 2010
Green Zone hits hard and doesn't forgive. It plays out like fiction, and in some ways it is. But in too many ways, it's not.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 12, 2010
When Mr. Greengrass made United 93, his 2006 reconstruction of one of the Sept. 11 hijackings, some people fretted that it was too soon. My own response to Green Zone is almost exactly the opposite: it's about time.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 12, 2010
Damon's the anchor, a fine one at that, but even he can't seem to hold the filmmakers' attention for long.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 12, 2010
Manufacturing thrills takes precedence over any kind of journalistic insight.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 12, 2010
An urgent piece of work.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 12, 2010
A jangly, noisy, compulsively restless thriller on a par with the Bourne movies, shot through with political critique.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 12, 2010
Politics aside and purely as a piece of genre moviemaking, Green Zone is a solid example of a political paranoia thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ilana Ozernoy
Newsweek
March 12, 2010
What Chandrasekaran did so well -- tenaciously cataloging the colossal morass of America's small and not-so-small mistakes -- Greengrass eschews for the popcorn-crunching conventions of a Hollywood potboiler.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 12, 2010
Too little and too late? Maybe. But even in this Bourne Zone, Damon and Greengrass haven't shirked their duty to enlighten and entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 12, 2010
This is a movie that recognizes there's no straight line to the truth, which is part of what makes it vaguely unsatisfying -- though it's also what keeps it honest.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 12, 2010
It's a tribute to Matt Damon's special quality as an actor -- not his star wattage, but his ability to project a certain simple human decency -- that we care about him even when we only see the side of his head...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
March 12, 2010
Green Zone is far from perfect. But man, oh, man, as a pulse-pounding thriller, it is a knockout.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 12, 2010
Green Zone has an attitude -- it persuades in almost documentary style that the war was sold on false pretences but no one's motives in this tangled affair can be completely trusted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 12, 2010
Green Zone weakens its claim to authenticity with fictional fudgings. And the weakening works both ways.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 12, 2010
Intelligent, tough and gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 12, 2010
This is a red-hot action thriller that deals candidly and unapologetically with the situation in Iraq.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 12, 2010
Frenetic in execution and formulaic in substance, the film leaves one lathered into a frenzy but not moved, at once overwhelmed and undernourished.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 12, 2010
The movie might have seemed a revelation if it had been released six or seven years ago, but there's no fresh angle, few surprises and no character who steps boldly forward to suggest heroism or corruption.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 12, 2010
It takes a complex and important story and renders it facile. Characters are etched too clearly in black and white.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 12, 2010
In the wake of the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker -- a far better film, and one with a less strident, less obvious agenda -- Green Zone arrives looking strangely anachronistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 12, 2010
If tremulous 100-yard-dash camerawork is Greengrass's voice, this sort of movie might not be the song for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 11, 2010
Seven years into the Iraq quagmire, we need more from our political filmmakers than an angry fist (and a hand-held camera) shaken in the Bush administration's direction.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 11, 2010
As expected, Greengrass smoothly integrates the suspense and tension of a Hollywood thriller with a ground-level depiction of American chicanery in the chaotic days after the fall of Baghdad.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 11, 2010
For a popcorn flick, it has style and smarts. And while it's not an actors' film, it offers solid performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 11, 2010
Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of Green Zone is the manner in which it interweaves fact and fiction into an engaging whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 11, 2010
Green Zone is partly real and partly, increasingly, fantastic and outlandish in its wishful thinking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 11, 2010
Yes, the film is fiction, employs farfetched coincidences and improbably places one man at the center of all the action. It is a thriller, not a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 10, 2010
Green Zone isn't so much a bad movie as a misguided one.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 10, 2010
Green Zone is a strangely dated, foolishly grandiose, simplistically angry fictional war-zone thriller about how one patriot blows the lid off America's missteps in Iraq.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Germain
Associated Press
March 10, 2010
Chandrasekaran's book is a work of sharp, informative journalism. That "inspired by" credit sounds a little insulting when the result is tired, standard action fare such as Green Zone.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 10, 2010
It's certainly interesting to see what's been reported on the manipulation of information played out as drama, and the acting is uniformly good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 10, 2010
Shot by Barry Ackroyd, the same cinematographer who filmed The Hurt Locker, and using the same camera techniques, this movie looks like outtakes from a much better film.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 9, 2010
You catch your breath only to have the wind knocked out by the mirage of the carefree scene around the Green Zone swimming pool.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 8, 2010
So vivid and convincingly realistic is the physical depiction of Baghdad in the early days of the American occupation that the introduction of trumped-up thriller elements feels like an unwanted intrusion.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 8, 2010
An energetic, frenzied thriller -- Paul Greengrass-style -- set in Iraq in the chaotic post-invasion days.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 8, 2010
Green Zone approaches every human activity as if preparing to defibrillate.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 8, 2010
It's only the adrenaline-inducing techniques that conceal the lack of imagination.