Of Men And War Reviews

May 24, 2019
Bécue-Renard's film is initially surprising in how it places emotions-along with the act of confronting emotions-at the forefront.
June 1, 2016
For all the individual horrors it documents, Of Men and War... is organized as a collective experience, following multiple, mostly unnamed veterans as they share in group or in pairs, expressing rage and fear, frustration, and small pleasures.
May 27, 2016
A hard-hitting documentary which zeroes in on the harrowing experiences of veterans and their families as they struggle to reclaim their lives.
April 22, 2016
Bcue-Renard shows the Pathway Home not as a means through which to forget wartime experiences, but to engage with the memory of them.
November 13, 2015
The access that Bcue-Renard got, reportedly after five months of being there without a camera, is remarkable ...
November 9, 2015
What emerges is a tapestry of despair, one defined by its persistence.
November 6, 2015
Filmed almost entirely inside the Pathway Home in California, a residential therapy center for veterans, this devastatingly raw documentary shows that for some the fighting may stop, but the suffering continues.
November 5, 2015
The horrors of the battlefield come home to roost in ways that are both riveting and deeply disturbing in Of Men and War, a remarkable chronicle of Iraq War veterans suffering from the devastating effects of PTSD.
November 5, 2015
The devastating toll of post-traumatic stress disorder inflicted by the Iraq and Afghanistan wars on U.S. soldiers is vividly presented in Of Men and War, a slow-burn documentary from France's Laurent Becue-Renard.
November 4, 2015
There is no battle footage or graphic imagery, but it's excruciating to watch -- a series of devastating, nakedly human moments showing the cost of war on the men sent to fight it.
November 3, 2015
Disregard your personal feelings about the military, U.S. involvement in foreign wars, or a French director making a movie about Americans. This film is raw in the truest sense, yet refined in its sympathy and scope.
June 29, 2015
So many war films talk about U.S. veterans suffering from PTSD. . . shows someone actually doing something effective about it - of veterans, for veterans, and by veterans.
March 10, 2015
A work of astounding sensitivity and precision, it argues for emotional honesty as a moral and psychic imperative.
February 18, 2015
Of Men and War refuses to mask or simplify the harsh realities of PTSD. This stubbornness, an insistence that the roughness of war be taken seriously, makes the film an essential document of 21st century American conflict.