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March 6, 2008
Visually, the director's flair is impressive. But Longley's clear intention of using children's faces to better tug at our heartstrings would be more admirable if it didn't feel as shamelessly staged.
April 6, 2007
Too bad James Longley couldn't have broadcast this insightful documentary immediately after he shot it in 2003 and 2004.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2007
Bafflingly, the threats in an occupied country consistently come from within, not without or overhead: what has the effect of the US occupation and Hussein's vicious rule been on these people? Offers a fragmented, obscuring picture of Iraq.
March 30, 2007
Iraq in Fragments ... appears to be asking a simple, but often unmentioned, question: Oh yeah, what about the people of Iraq?
| Original Score: 3/4
March 20, 2007
A timely, lyrical and candid look at daily life in a post-invasion Iraq.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 17, 2007
The technique is more expressionistic than naturalistic, but it makes the film far more vivid and emotionally satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 16, 2007
The film is terrific at providing a kaleidoscopic sense of life unfolding, with imaginative editing and colors that seem to leap off the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 8, 2007
The film is both gritty and lyrical, showing how tanks share the Baghdad streets with donkeys as well as the quiet beauty of the Kurdish countryside.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 1, 2007
What Iraq in Fragments lacks in fresh reportage or sending a political message, it makes up for with unique insight.
February 24, 2007
Because [director] Longley uses a technique that forgoes interviews and voiceover commentary in favour of observation and revealing juxtapositions, his movie puts you both in the chaos and just above it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 23, 2007
[An] evocative, heartbreaking documentary told from three disparate but equally compelling perspectives: the Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 23, 2007
Stands up as a classic war documentary, in its unusual poetic form and by its extraordinary access to the lives of ordinary Iraqis.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 23, 2007
Iraq in Fragments sometimes feels random, but it is a well-crafted, thoughtful study of the dueling divisiveness and hope that will define the region long after foreign troops leave.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 23, 2007
We're used to seeing Iraq through the lens of washed-out digital video, so it's striking how sumptuous and elegantly-composed the shots are in "Iraq in Fragments."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2007
James Longley's devastating documentary Iraq in Fragments has neither narration nor obvious political ax to grind, but it manages to tell us something about Iraq that we aren't getting or can't get from standard news coverage.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 17, 2007
By turns tender and shocking, Iraq in Fragments strikes a rare balance between impromptu fluidity and feature-film narrative control, in the process resisting both partisanship and predigested points of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
February 15, 2007
Director James Longley doesn't say anything new about the politics of Iraq, but he leaves us with a vivid impression of its people, its places and its seemingly irreconcilable contradictions.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 15, 2007
The struggles [documentary filmmaker James Longley] recorded in his dazzling Iraq in Fragments aren't battlefield conflicts, but the personal, religious and political efforts of Iraqi citizens to reassemble their shattered lives.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 9, 2007
In addition to the interesting camera work, the documentary's undeniable appeal comes in how close Longley gets to the characters, who are all male. They speak openly of the past, the U.S. forces, the uncertain future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 6, 2007
Longley is a strikingly effective director
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
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