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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 1, 2007
There are embedded journalists in Iraq, and then there is "Iraq in Fragments" director James Longley.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 27, 2007
There are some striking images, but the film is less useful for not having any commentary on the confused events depicted.
David Mattin
January 27, 2007
Watch the evening news and you get a view of Iraq from high above the wreckage. In this fascinating doc, director James Longley shows us how things look on the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Russell
January 26, 2007
James Longley's Sundance-winning documentary puts the camera uncomfortably close to scenes of abuse, violence, terror, cynicism and racial hatred amid the rubble of U.S.-occupied Iraq. But at the same time, its texture is frequently beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peter Bradshaw
January 20, 2007
In a series of stunningly filmed sequences, Longley and his camera seek out the real lives outside the frame of conventional TV news, and he succeeds in creating both compelling journalism and superb images.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Walters
Time Out
January 16, 2007
There's something of a period quality to this beautifully photographed documentary snapshot of Iraq in transition.
Tom Dawson
Total Film
January 15, 2007
What makes Iraq In Fragments so distinctive is its impressionistic and at times lyrical imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sam Jordison
January 15, 2007
A work of beauty as well as horror, Iraq In Fragments is one of the best of the many documentaries to come out of that ruined country. It's powerful, enlightening and necessarily depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
January 15, 2007
Shot over three years, this is one of the more considered and insightful Iraqi documentaries - although some may find its stylistic contrasts a little self-conscious and distracting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
January 11, 2007
Longley's access to public and private developments in the wake of the U.S. invasion of Iraq is often stunning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 6, 2007
Longley's journalistic discipline is as impressive as his artistic eye: He's content to show, not tell.
| Original Score: 92/100
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 30, 2006
Although the film doesn't make any earth-shattering discoveries, it at least attempts to put a face on an 'enemy' that few Americans have considered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
December 28, 2006
A heartbreaking assessment of Iraq's reconstruction from the point-of-view of its intended beneficiaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
December 21, 2006
The film provides specifics, details of hectic life among ruins, faces filled with dread, desire, and defiance.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
November 29, 2006
The frequently gorgeous footage, culled from some 300 hours shot over a two-year period, provides ample compensation for any narrative.
Timothy Knight
November 18, 2006
Iraq in Fragments opens a window on the world of the war's casualties in a narrative triptych that's profoundly haunting and often ravishing.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 17, 2006
A documentary of stunning immediacy and marvelous images...
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 16, 2006
This visually sumptuous movie richly deserves the cinematography, editing and directing prizes it carried off at Sundance last January.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 16, 2006
... this one demands to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006
What justifies the film, and makes it compelling, is the corresponding subjectivity of its Iraqi narrators, who lend this movie not only their voices but their eyes and ears.
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