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Iraq in Fragments Reviews

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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 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.
November 9, 2006
People talk about the country being split into pieces, but there's not much shown to articulate how, when or why that is the case.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 7, 2006
Much of what is captured will be familiar for viewers of Frontline or other recent documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 23, 2006
Brings back nothing journalistically substantial from the war front.
January 27, 2007
There are some striking images, but the film is less useful for not having any commentary on the confused events depicted.
January 6, 2007
Longley's journalistic discipline is as impressive as his artistic eye: He's content to show, not tell.
Read More | Original Score: 92/100
November 16, 2006
This visually sumptuous movie richly deserves the cinematography, editing and directing prizes it carried off at Sundance last January.
November 17, 2006
A documentary of stunning immediacy and marvelous images...
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
November 3, 2006
Style comes occasionally close to taking precedence over its heartfelt humanistic intentions, yet the film's deep respect for human resilience and hope ultimately renders cynical accusations of touristy condescension moot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
November 10, 2006
Told in tones both wondrous and horrible.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
November 8, 2006
The film is unusual among Iraq documentaries for its impressionistic, frequently gorgeous cinematography and for its structure: It's split into thirds, one about a Sunni (the boy), one about a Shiite mob, and one about the quiet Kurds up north.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 10, 2006
Documentary filmmaker James Longley (Gaza Strip) has a flair for cinematography and editing and a poetic sensibility that informs both these talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3-4
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
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
November 2, 2006
An engrossing award-winning documentary about the chaotic and bloody situation in Iraq as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 9, 2006
... a beauty and a richly textured palette rarely seen in such video documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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