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Body of War Reviews

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 9, 2008
Drenched in emotion and suffused with good intentions, Body of War is impossible not to like, but difficult to admire.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Raphaela Weissman
New York Press
April 9, 2008
With all this fascinating real-life material to work with, it's frustrating that the directors choose to devote half of the movie to well-worn archival footage of members of congress debating the decision to invade Iraq in 2002.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 9, 2008
Lazy, shallow and repetitive, Phil Donahue's Body of War is one of the most incompetent documentaries to emerge from the Iraq war.
| Original Score: 1/4
Geoff Berkshire
April 24, 2008
On the lower tier of the numerous docs about the war and the Middle East.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jette Kernion
April 17, 2008
Half an excellent and touching profile of a young veteran, but unfortunately, half a strident anti-war propaganda film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 21, 2008
Donahue and Spiro should've spent more time exploring the human moments and much less time browbeating us with stuff we already know.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 16, 2008
[Tomas Young] deserves better treatment from the government than he's gotten as a returning veteran, and a better movie than this simpleminded indictment of every senator who voted 'yea.'
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 18, 2008
"Body of War" is so simple-minded and ham-handed in its case against the war that it ends up diluting its own argument.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 15, 2008
The overreaching Spiro and Donahue are not content to persuade viewers; they insist on convincing us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 16, 2008
It's an unusually intimate portrait.
| Original Score: 3/4
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-
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
April 4, 2008
Body of War doesn't bombard you with statistics or parade talking heads to beat the dead-horse argument that the invasion is a tragedy fueled by bullshit. Its pull is more human.
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.
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.
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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
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 3, 2008
A searing documentary that reveals the courageous antiwar heroism of a Iraq war veteran who is paralyzed from the waist down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Washington Post
April 3, 2008
Architecturally sound, emotionally ravaging.
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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
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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