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Hell and Back Again Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
The combat sequences are almost distractingly beautiful.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 24, 2012
We're left to decide which wounds go the deepest, those from Afghanistan or those caused by the confusion and emotional barrages he continues to suffer in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 23, 2012
In its closing scenes, "Hell and Back Again" builds to an emotional and stylistic power that we didn't see coming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 5, 2012
Dennis's film attempts something few documentaries have: to inhabit the psyche of its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
January 3, 2012
Hell and Back Again offers a potent documentary correlative to the narrative of The Hurt Locker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 18, 2011
The film suggests that it doesn't really matter whether Harris ever gets back in uniform. He's forever carrying around a piece of unexploded ordnance in his head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 3, 2011
Lays bare the truth of war - its hellish quality - with such power, you're not likely to look at this, or any other conflict, the same way again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
October 25, 2011
Belies the misguided notion that a nonfiction effort on war's aftermath can't be artistically minded, and also can't somehow be as moving as (or even more so than) a scripted dramatic interpretation.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 22, 2011
An absorbing peek into the circumstances of people whose stories usually get filtered in movies.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
October 21, 2011
A tough but deeply rewarding watch. Search it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
October 20, 2011
The director has no intention of making a prefab antiwar statement. He simply wants to show us an experience, just as it happened, and let the chips fall where they may.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
October 16, 2011
I can't recall a documentary shaped quite this way. Dennis handles it with integrity, and the effect is painful and deeply moving.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 13, 2011
This pulls no punches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
October 10, 2011
Flashbacks, overlapping sound and dynamic editing viscerally convey Harris' state of mind, leaving a bleak picture of the struggle to win the Afghani people's trust.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 7, 2011
As vital as the best war chronicles to come out in recent years, this is one every American ought to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
October 6, 2011
has the artistry of a painting and the impact of a sucker punch.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
October 6, 2011
Doesn't offer up much information, but carves out a sturdy slice of life portrait
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
October 6, 2011
Dennis, a photojournalist, has produced a vérité work of almost distracting beauty-a haunting quality in a film that operates in the apolitical mode of choice for recent combat docs, but is nevertheless inarguably about the cost of war.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 5, 2011
Just as necessary and cinematic as Restrepo ... brilliantly structures the story of a Marine's homecoming so that the war footage functions like flashback sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
October 5, 2011
Possibly the best war movie of the year
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