Casualties of War Reviews

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May 19, 2020
Does Vietnam have a geographical place, a national history, a culture, or a political future? Not really, for as we are reassured at the end of Brian De Palma's military slasher film, Casualties of War, Vietnam was after all only a "bad dream."
January 11, 2020
Casualties of War is the strongest, the simplest and the most painful of all the Vietnam movies because it isn't about how terrible it is not to understand what's going on around us -- it's about the agony of seeing terrible things too clearly.
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...
May 28, 2015
Makes us look at the mistaken Vietnam War as something that's dehumanizing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 14, 2008
September 6, 2006
De Palma uses his consummate filmmaking skill to craft a reflection of his own grave sorrow about the Vietnam era.
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.
May 20, 2006
March 4, 2006
ably demonstrates just how powerful a well-crafted film can be
February 25, 2006
A tour-de-force for De Palma, Penn and Fox - possibly one of the best war movies ever made
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