Gunner Palace Reviews

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March 13, 2018
Gunner Palace isn't a particularly violent movie...but every moment is fraught with the potential for violence.
April 15, 2005
Tucker takes it all in without taking a stand, though his sympathies -- expressed through voiceover narration -- clearly lie with the men and women in the field.
April 7, 2005
You certainly can't question Tucker's bravery, but you may occasionally feel the urge to ask him to be quiet.
March 25, 2005
While Gunner Palace has the immediacy of street rap, it is actually a throwback to the cinema verite style of pioneering documentarians D.A. Pennebaker, Albert Maysles and Frederick Wiseman.
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.
March 24, 2005
The film's strength -- and its weakness -- is in its you-are-there view of guys who are e-mailing their loved ones back home one minute and breaking down the doors of Iraqi homes the next, on the hunt for the enemy.
March 18, 2005
Reminds you that the thousands of faceless, nameless troops in Iraq are still there after you switch off CNN.
March 17, 2005
A bit disjointed but accomplishes its mission: to provide a glimpse into the soldiers' everyday lives without taking a side on the war.
March 12, 2005
A doc that doesn't quite live up to its premise but still manages to go beyond packaged news and into the often surreal days and nights of soldiers in a strange, modern war.
March 11, 2005
Jammed with information and serious testimony, giving a detailed and textured account of what it's like to be fighting the war more than a year after victory was declared.
March 11, 2005
Works purely as a series of complex snapshots of the conflict in Iraq.
March 11, 2005
This film is so valuable. Not because it argues a position about the war and occupation, but because it simply goes and observes as soldiers work and play, talk and write letters home and, on a daily basis, risk their lives in sudden bursts of violence.
March 11, 2005
One of the most frightening aspects of the movie is the random feeling it conveys. Another is the shock of seeing such very young soldiers, many of them teenagers, caught up in a war they don't really understand.
March 11, 2005
We don't get to know the soldiers as individuals well enough.
March 11, 2005
Invaluable if incomplete.
March 11, 2005
Director Michael Tucker has accomplished something difficult, making a casual though often intense film in the midst of a war zone.
March 10, 2005
Suggests the primacy of movies in shaping both the reality that led these soldiers to enlist and the one they found in Iraq when they got there.
March 10, 2005
A timely and pertinent, if rough-hewn, effort.
March 10, 2005
I have seen much televised footage of Baghdad from a distance, but I have never before been made aware of how large and built-up a city Baghdad is.
March 10, 2005
Tucker has an eye for arresting imagery, but not the maturity or finesse to illuminate it.
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