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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
April 9, 2011
Janus Metz's project is certain to prove far more revelatory to his fellow countrymen than it will when it makes its stateside debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Atkinson
In These Times
April 18, 2016
The scenes of camaraderie and trial pile up, unmitigated by the sufferings of the Afghans being bombed and shot in the process.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 15, 2011
There's little new in "Armadillo."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
April 7, 2011
It's quite tedious for much of its length, but it certainly captures the boredom of waiting around and sharing an uncomfortable lifestyle with people you'd rather not spend time with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stephanie Zacharek
April 14, 2011
Facile documentaries like this one, no matter how sincere their intentions may be, don't help the case.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Hoss Ghonouie
Little White Lies
April 7, 2011
Whether or not these elements can be taken together in good taste is for the viewer to decide, but the experience of watching Armadillo is a gut-wrenching and memorable one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 10, 2011
Metz cares not to moralise or cut the footage to assume any particular viewpoint, instead he merely conveys the confused mania of war, tragically capturing the anguish of the frustrated civilians caught between soldiers and the Taliban.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew Lowry
Total Film
April 7, 2011
There's no denying the power of the images director Janus Metz Pedersen has captured.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
April 13, 2011
It's a sickening but stunning portrait of combat that looks past notions of bravery or brutality, guilt or innocence, to bear witness to a thoroughly besieged humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Virginie SÚlavy
Electric Sheep
April 13, 2011
As a remarkably exciting, and I would say insightful, reminder of what happens when nations send boys off to fight, this documentary tells a gripping, and sadly still topical, tale.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 25, 2011
One of the best war films in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Simon Foster
June 12, 2011
Aficionados of the first-person format will be salivating over the footage captured by Metz and his cinematographer Lars Skree.
Anders Wotzke
March 7, 2011
A fascinating, exhilarating and remarkably profound movie-going experience.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Philip De Semlyen
Empire Magazine
April 4, 2011
Moving, complex and brutal, it's an outstanding film about men at war.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Barsanti
April 14, 2011
Honesty is rare in films, even documentaries. So it's particularly thrilling to find that Janus Metz's story of Danish soldiers in Afghanistan doesn't pretend that they don't find war to be the most exciting thing they could ever experience
| Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Boslaugh
March 25, 2011 Armadillo there are few discussions of abstract concepts like justice or freedom-the focus is much more on day-to-day work.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
April 25, 2011
You may be sick of war films about Afghanistan by now, but Armadillo's boldly objective take on the situation shouldn't be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 15, 2011
The movie's strength and audacity comes from the Danish soldiers, who confront civilians with wariness or bluntness, exalt in their victories and hesitantly exhibit fear in each others' company.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jennifer Merin
April 1, 2011
Following Danish soldiers deployed to Afghanistan, the footage is dramatic, bloody, and often hard to watch. It takes you into the trenches. As a result, you might think twice about sending others to follow in their footsteps.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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