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Restrepo Reviews

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Amy Taubin
March 16, 2015
No one in Restrepo analyzes the war in Afghanistan in political terms or even describes it in terms of goals larger than the day-to-day mission. And yet, simply by bearing witness, the movie is a call to action.
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
November 13, 2013
its most emotionally raw moments are indicative of their military subjects' exceptional comfort level with their observers ( ... ) the arid yet woody outcroppings high above the valley are an intriguing new terrain
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
February 20, 2011
Restrepo succeeds as both a remarkable piece of cinéma vérité documentary filmmaking and a tribute to the soldiers who are put through hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Foster
February 7, 2011
Restrepo captures the physical trauma and psychological torment that forms the essence of the 'War is Hell' mantra, regardless of which flag you fight under.
Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 1, 2011
Everything about the way this film is shot, edited and packaged scream of a desire to show the war exactly as it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
Restrepo avoids political discussion. It just revels in the heroism of these impossibly young, brave soldiers who follow orders that at times seem pointless because following them is what their country has asked them to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 27, 2011
Though the movie tries not to make any kind of commentary, it's clear: this is just another reminder as to the utter pointlessness of this war.
Paul Chambers
January 26, 2011
"Restrepo" puts a new face on the war in Afghanistan. A decidedly American face. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 28, 2010
Reminds us that wars are fought by individuals, not faceless armies.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 26, 2010
Despite being a moving reminder to support our troops, Restrepo cannot help but be "Exhibit A" in the case against the unwinnable "War on Terror."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
November 26, 2010
Restrepo comes closest of any film I've seen to fully suggesting what being a soldier is like.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
November 22, 2010
The madness of warfare is starkly presented here, as dozens of questions potentially run through the viewer's mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Louis Proyect
November 15, 2010
Despite disclaimers by the directors that this is not a "political" movie, "Restrepo" is one damned good reason to get the hell out of Afghanistan NOW.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 20, 2010
With daredevil camera work and a real empathy for soldiers, this documentary film makes you feel like you are inside a G.I.'s uniform in Afghanistan's Korangal Valley.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 18, 2010
[Achieves] level of visceral intensity that rivals the jacked-up, heart-in-mouth tension that was previously the preserve of the best fiction film-makers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
October 12, 2010
Captures the complex human face of modern warfare.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
October 11, 2010
A film that effectively captures the camaraderie, chaos and complexity of soldiers doing their best to win the "hearts and minds" of the local population.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 10, 2010
It provides an admiring look at the brave soldiers eager to do the mission and return alive.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 9, 2010
If the only message you get out of "Restrepo" is that war is all hell, then the documentary has done its job. But if a viewer equates being pro-soldier with being pro-war, then the point of this movie has been missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
October 8, 2010
It's all strong stuff, and about as far removed from a traditional Hollywood all strong stuff, and as far removed additional Hollywood war movie as you can get.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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