Gunner Palace Reviews

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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.
March 5, 2005
For most of us, Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein's riveting documentary will be as close as we ever get to seeing the Iraq war as it has unfolded for the men and women on the ground.
March 4, 2005
The film is more of an anthropological essay on the way young Americans relate while they make war, not love, and try to survive in the meantime.
March 4, 2005
With its title concisely suggesting what we're about to see, Gunner Palace is an Iraq war documentary that seems to lack an agenda. But that doesn't mean it doesn't have a brutally direct question on its mind.
March 4, 2005
Gunner Palace gives us the best glimpse yet of what it's like to be in Iraq.
March 4, 2005
The directors of this documentary about our troops in Baghdad tell us more about their own views than the soldiers' ...
March 4, 2005
An intimate, nonpoliticized, uncensored and totally unappealing look at the lives of U.S. soldiers serving during a grim and uncertain period of insurgency.
March 4, 2005
A striking new documentary that shows the war in a way it's not been seen before: from the ground up.
March 3, 2005
A video diary about staying alive during an ill-defined, unconventionally dangerous tour of duty.
March 3, 2005
A welcome antidote to the self-convinced rhetoric of pundits and politicians.
March 3, 2005
The vision of force, hardware, and a touch of bluster camouflaging a state of high anxiety is a perfect summation of the U.S. presence in Iraq.
March 3, 2005
At times, the film's evocation of war's absurdities invokes memories of Robert Altman's M*A*S*H.
March 3, 2005
Gunner Palace has a raw home video quality that's often quite beautiful. Much of the movie is hardly more than an immersion in sights and sounds.
February 24, 2005
A riveting and indispensable record of the war in Iraq because it comes from the men who lived it.
February 24, 2005
Docu offers up its sounds and images bluntly, and they are very much sounds and images worth having as part of the record.
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