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Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
February 2, 2006
More sympathetic and interesting than the stars of Gunner Palace, these fellas are both a microcosm of society and individuals in their own right.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 6, 2006
Could be the poster film for the protest-the-war, support-the-troops mentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 17, 2005
Lets the soldiers speak for themselves in a series of interviews that reveal wildly divergent political stands, although pretty much all the soldiers voice doubts about why, exactly, they are there.
| Original Score: 3/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
November 14, 2005
Regardless of your views on the war, this documentary will create stirring portraits that you'll long remember.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 22, 2005
The thoughts and experiences captured in this film reveal much that we haven't seen in all the action-oriented news footage and short-term embedded correspondence from the war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 16, 2005
Serves a useful public service; more important, it's an engrossing film in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 15, 2005
It offers a look at the kind of Americans not often put on movie screens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 13, 2005
A compelling mosaic of voices, some discouraged, some enthusiastic, all aware that there's a job to be done and that they must do it to the best of their abilities.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jessica Winter
L.A. Weekly
October 13, 2005
Without resorting to the steroid-pumped aggro flash of Gunner Palace, Occupation: Dreamland reinforces the impression that the American rodeo in Iraq was always a murderously pointless self-security op.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
October 8, 2005
It vividly conveys a threacherous war in much the same way as a recent predecessor, "Gunnar Palace" which, through a more artful presentation is the better for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 1, 2005
Watching Occupation: Dreamland, which was directed by Ian Olds and Garrett Scott, anyone old enough to remember news footage from Vietnam will experience a powerful, dismaying sense of deja vu.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 30, 2005
A grunt's-eye view of the current conflict that needs to be seen, regardless of a viewer's political persuasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 23, 2005
Occupation: Dreamland presents a compelling study of composure and decency in the midst of overwhelming pointlessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 23, 2005
Straightforward and immensely powerful, the movie offers a blunt assessment of the war from soldiers currently fighting it, and their perspective is not pretty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joshua Land
Village Voice
September 20, 2005
A fair-minded (but hardly apolitical) grunt's-eye view of the war in Iraq that trusts the audience to draw its own conclusions.
Dave White
September 16, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Jay Weissberg
September 8, 2005
More than a simple record of a couple of embedded helmers in Iraq, Occupation: Dreamland gives voice to usually tightlipped GIs in and around the volatile city of Fallujah.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 8, 2005
The portrait that emerges is of proud and articulate recruits who are also young, often undereducated and usually underemployed.
| Original Score: 3/4
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