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Occupation: Dreamland Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 3, 2006
The occupation may have settled into grim, bloody drudgery. But if we're going to learn anything about the place and our involvement there, films about it can't join suit.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 30, 2005
I think Gunner Palace was in some sense a fairer film.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 23, 2005
The film doesn't add much to what we know about the war.
| Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
March 23, 2006
Aside from the year it was made, there's nothing that Dreamland adds to a very, very full genre
| Original Score: 3/5
October 17, 2005
The enlisted men speak frankly of their feelings about the job that they signed on to do and carry out their missions even though they don't have the big picture information.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 9, 2005
If you saw Gunner Palace, there's not much fresh or insightful here.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 10, 2005
It's frustrating to see these filmmakers continually lobbing softball questions at their subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Scott Weinberg
April 11, 2005
Gunner Palace is getting all the press -- while Occupation: Dreamland is easily just as good. If not better.
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
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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
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
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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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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
April 28, 2005
Filmmakers Garrett Scott and Ian Olds spent many weeks with their subjects. As a result, soldiers opened up more for their cameras about reasons for enlisting and concerns about the job they were sent to do.
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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.
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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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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.
Stina Chyn
Film Threat
July 5, 2005
A reminder that our soldiers are people not unlike yourself. You can think what you want to about the war, but you have to respect that they put their lives on the line.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
April 23, 2005
Succeeds in putting human faces on both the soldiers that we read about so clinically in our papers, as well as, to a lesser extent, the Iraqis who, not surprisingly, come across as both victims and aggressors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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