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Casualties of War Reviews

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July 20, 2016
Speaking to our near-masochistic desire to revisit works in the hope that we can reverse the tragic outcome, Casualties of War perhaps transcends the very label of "war film."
May 10, 2016
The strong conclusion ensures that the film ends on a somewhat powerful note...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 28, 2015
Makes us look at the mistaken Vietnam War as something that's dehumanizing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 16, 2015
A typical De Palma film, disturbingly based on true events, Casualties Of War works well enough.
March 16, 2015
Michael J. Fox is a revelation as the mouse that roared, whilst the score, the direction, and the rest of the cast turn a risky film into a solid addition to the Nam canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 16, 2015
There's a moral charge to the action, but it's also swooningly exciting, coldly scary. Every friend may be an enemy, every innocent a traitor.
March 16, 2015
Top acting honors go to Penn as the sergeant and Thuy Thu Le as the captive girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2011
This Vietnam War saga, inspired by a true story, is among De Palma's better pictures, devoid of his usual gimmicry and cynicism.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 26, 2009
It's a fat glop of obvious screen manipulation that preserves a frightening human core, making the life and death struggle all the more shocking.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 26, 2009
A powerful metaphor of the national shame that was America's orgy of destruction in Vietnam, Brian De Palma's film deals directly with the harrowing rape and murder of a Vietnamese woman by four GIs.
September 6, 2006
De Palma uses his consummate filmmaking skill to craft a reflection of his own grave sorrow about the Vietnam era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 28, 2006
Fox is quite touching here, topped only by Sean Penn in a superb, frightening performance.
June 24, 2006
Casualties of War is dull.
June 8, 2006
Disturbing anti-war film with strong Sean Penn and surprisingly effective Michael J. Fox.
| Original Score: 4/5
March 4, 2006
ably demonstrates just how powerful a well-crafted film can be
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 25, 2006
A tour-de-force for De Palma, Penn and Fox - possibly one of the best war movies ever made
December 17, 2004
Worthwhile drama set in the Vietnam War
| Original Score: 3/5
October 7, 2004
Harrowing drama with strong performances
| Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2003
Mr. Penn plays Meserve with terrific elan. There is plausibility in every movement and gesture, and especially in his crafty handsomeness. His Meserve is the sort of man one credits with thoughts when the mind may, in fact, be completely blank.
March 19, 2003
Examines the dehumanizing effects of war, and implies that the soldiers who commit the atrocities are as much a victim of that dehumanization as the girl who they victimize
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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