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Hell and Back Again Reviews

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July 31, 2011
Danfung Dennis appears to set out to make a film on one subject, only to have an entirely new, much more compelling story emerge in the midst of shooting.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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
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
October 22, 2011
An absorbing peek into the circumstances of people whose stories usually get filtered in movies.
September 30, 2011
Memorable for its willingness to tackle the psychological effects of war without pushing an agenda down the viewers' throats.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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 6, 2011
has the artistry of a painting and the impact of a sucker punch.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
October 2, 2011
Danfung Dennis's documentary isn't content to merely capture warriors in combat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
October 5, 2011
Possibly the best war movie of the year
October 4, 2011
Working alone with a camera and his ingenuity, Dennis captured the surreality of firefights with an invisible enemy and the frustration of displaced civilians.
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-
October 5, 2011
A group of true believers in the American cause in the Afghanistan war and what happens to one of them when he comes home injured.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
October 5, 2011
The visuals are consistently bleak, but the film's engagement with Harris and the often-harsh world around him is clear-eyed and empathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
May 3, 2015
The combat sequences are almost distractingly beautiful.
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.
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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