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Body of War Reviews

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
August 4, 2012
When is a startling and devastating war movie made in the past too long ago to shed light on the present? Well, apparently never, if we're talking permanent war characterizing the endless US invasions and occupations around the world.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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David Fear
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
November 18, 2008
The doc gets up-close and personal. It shows one injured vet's reality after war.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
Whatever you think of the film, Body of War stirs up real admiration for its subject.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Beth Accomando
June 8, 2008
Body of War is a powerful and effective documentary because it keeps its focus very tight and makes its story vivid in personal terms.
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
June 4, 2008
The lack of ego and relatively little self-pity [wheelchair-bound Tomas] Young has is astounding.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Adam Fendelman
May 18, 2008
It's the soldier in Iraq who fights on in the face of public apathy at home. The hope in this vital film is that the voices of soldiers will be raised. They will fight on until their mission is accomplished and the Iraq war is history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 16, 2008
It's an unusually intimate portrait.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
May 16, 2008
Body of War again demonstrates that we Americans still have some bitter truths to face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 2, 2008
It is not merely an antiwar document, but a complex profile in courage of a paraplegic and patriot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2008
Body of War makes no bones about its activism. Then again, like the others, it's the willingness to contextualize events and apply reason to them that makes it and others so valuable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 24, 2008
Body of War is neither the most cinematic nor the most elegantly crafted of recent Iraq war documentaries, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the most deeply affecting.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 18, 2008
A tough, affecting documentary about an American soldier in the Iraq war.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tamara Straus
San Francisco Chronicle
April 18, 2008
A chance to witness the struggles of a remarkable young man. Young may be paralyzed in the body, but his mind is fiercely alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
April 11, 2008
Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro's powerful documentary takes a microcosmic look at the war and its devastation by focusing on a single casualty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 11, 2008
Editor Bernadine Colish weaves together all that C-SPAN footage into a disturbing procedural indictment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 10, 2008
What makes Body Of War such a powerful documentary isn't the clever rhetorical device of debate vs. reality, but the way it documents American life in the '00s.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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