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Restrepo Reviews

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December 14, 2017
The unnerving thousand-yard-stare of McDonaugh is impressively disturbing, but the constant anxious smile of Cortez carries a haunting emotional impact.
November 16, 2017
Junger and Hetherington developed a deep sense of connection with these young men... The connection is what gives this film such power. This is war. There's no political viewpoint, no narration... you're just there with the soldiers.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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-
December 28, 2010
Reminds us that wars are fought by individuals, not faceless armies.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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
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
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
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.
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
October 12, 2010
Captures the complex human face of modern warfare.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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
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