Hell and Back Again - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Hell and Back Again Reviews

Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
October 5, 2011
Possibly the best war movie of the year
Top Critic
Keith Uhlich
Time Out
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
Top Critic
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 5, 2011
Dennis refuses to push a political agenda down viewers' throats. But the message of his film -- a breathlessly paced look at the realities of war -- is clear: War and its aftermath are indeed hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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.
Top Critic
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
October 4, 2011
You can feel just how jarring and stressful it must be for a soldier to go from the life-and-death adrenaline rush of war to the maddeningly slow world of rehabilitation and forced inactivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5