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Gunner Palace Reviews

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Chris Barsanti
June 16, 2005
not quite as rogue as its filmmakers appear to think,
| Original Score: 3/5
Eric D. Snider
March 23, 2005
Practically agenda-free, but a slice-of-life like this loses steam after about 45 minutes. At least a strident political viewpoint gives you something to talk about.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 4, 2005
The directors of this documentary about our troops in Baghdad tell us more about their own views than the soldiers' ...
| Original Score: 2/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 3, 2005
Esta versão estendida (e entediante) de COPS se preocupa tanto em mostrar os soldados chocados por serem odiados que se esquece de comentar que eles nem deveriam estar ali.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 7, 2005
Too much of the film feels like a slavish imitation of the fictional Apocalypse Now, with Michael Tucker's narration sounding like a parody of Martin Sheen's raspy weariness.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 7, 2005
You certainly can't question Tucker's bravery, but you may occasionally feel the urge to ask him to be quiet.
| Original Score: 3/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
April 4, 2005
First-time documentary makers (Michael) Tucker and ... Petra Epperlein ... get a little bogged down in letting soldiers express their feelings through amateur rap.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
March 15, 2005
The documentary succeeds [on some levels], but it seems to miss the boat with the narration and the way the movie is edited together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 13, 2005
Although this embedded view is revealing, watching the unformed footage becomes tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jurgen Fauth
March 4, 2005
Does little to further the discussion on the war.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 3, 2005
The motive may be worthy, but chaos of events mirrored by chaos of technique does not make for a film.
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
March 10, 2005
Tucker has an eye for arresting imagery, but not the maturity or finesse to illuminate it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 8, 2005
Hamstrung by embarrassingly trite narration and a lack of any sort of unifying theme in its editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
March 11, 2005
We don't get to know the soldiers as individuals well enough.
| Original Score: 2/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
April 15, 2005
The film, though sympathetic to the soldiers, is really an homage to the very worst in American culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5

Baltimore Sun
March 18, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 24, 2005
Tucker and Epperlein are pushing no agenda other than respect and support for U.S. soldiers, and that alone is worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 25, 2005
But they're very good at documenting the tedium of the place and the work, the banal dangers of an occupation where the enemy could be anyone.
| Original Score: 4/5
March 4, 2005
This past week the 1500th American died in Iraq, making the documentary Gunner Palace all too timely.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 30, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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