America At A Crossroads: Operation Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Experience Reviews

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November 30, 2017
Richard E. Robbins's straightforward Operation Homecoming has enlightening moments as it presents writing by American soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
November 24, 2011
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February 23, 2008
Robbins war documentary is for the spectator to come to terms with what's occurring on the battle field and it gives a wonderful impartial view of the current war...
December 4, 2007
The prose and poetry of the soldiers is striking in its power.
December 2, 2007
Unique and emotionally moving documentary.
October 11, 2007
Robbins' docu, initiated by the NEA, tries to convey the subjective feeling and thoughts of soldiers through their writing, be they letters, poems, or stories. By necessity, this collection, which is read by pro actors, is varied in interest and quality.
April 12, 2007
A different approach from more straightforward Iraq War documentaries. And the film definitely has effective moments, especially those dealing with grief and the rough transition from military to civilian life.
April 9, 2007
Operation Homecoming never quite captures anything so poignant or precise, rather falling into seemingly endless variations of 'war is hell.'
April 3, 2007
They're stories of war that resonate with anyone who has ever been in a war zone, and they illustrate beautifully for those who have not seen battle, just what combat can do to a person's soul.
February 26, 2007
It provides an illuminating portrait of the mind-set of those men and women serving overseas.
February 13, 2007
Flaws aside, Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience has much value, both as an artistic and historical document.
February 10, 2007
When is a documentary NOT a documentary? When it's this. Definately worth a look.
February 9, 2007
The anthology format would fit better on TV, as would director Richard E. Robbins' unfortunate use of cheesy slo-mo re-enactments. When Robbins flickers through a series of photos of the fallen, the rapid cutting becomes absurd and dehumanizing.
Top Critic
February 9, 2007
The cumulative effect of Operation Homecoming is to bring to light the soldiers' collective experiences and the enduring nightmares they suffer in our place.
February 9, 2007
Operation Homecoming is a spinoff from an anthology of essays, e-mail messages, poems and letters from soldiers in Iraq.
February 8, 2007
The sometimes uneven quality of the imagery serves to highlight the shattering honesty of these barings of the soul.
February 8, 2007
Operation Homecoming at first seems like a modest enterprise, a document of a few guys' paths to personal catharsis. But the sense of damaged intensity found in all these men's writing builds to a powerful crescendo.
February 7, 2007
A sobering reminder that war is more than smartly-dressed politicians exchanging barbs about what's best for America.
February 6, 2007
These stories of heartache, confusion, and anger combine to form a gallery of art that illuminates the conundrums of warfare and testifies to the philosophical instincts of the American soldier.
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