Restrepo Reviews

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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.
October 7, 2010
It is a scary, moving and troubling film.
October 7, 2010
Film doesn't get more relevant.
October 6, 2010
The camera lingers on the soldiers' smiles and tears and shows the human face of military tactics which reduce people to chess pieces.
August 23, 2010
At this point in all our Middle Eastern conflicts, we need more from a documentary than just a grunts-eye-view of the frustrating nature of the war.
August 12, 2010
The directors were satisfied with telling us about a group of courageous, honorable young soldiers -- a salute these men richly deserve.
August 6, 2010
A look at both the tragic folly of war and the camaraderie of men under pressure, the documentary Restrepo holds both hope and horror.
August 6, 2010
In hewing closely to the rhythms of war, Junger and Hetherington forgo different considerations about war.
July 29, 2010
The reaction of a soldier to the death of another - unvarnished, disbelieving grief so raw it's difficult to watch - is among the most moving footage of war and its cost imaginable.
July 16, 2010
The relative formlessness of Restrepo is, in itself, a kind of dramatic structure. It reflects the stop-start waywardness of war in general, and of this war in particular.
July 16, 2010
By keeping the focus solely upon the outpost and the soldiers who lived and fought there, the co-directors effectively seal the film off from any external influence.
July 16, 2010
Though Hetherington and Junger's film doesn't ultimately have anything new to say about the nature of war, it will nonetheless have a strong impact on those of us fortunate enough to have experienced combat only in its motion-picture form.
July 15, 2010
Try as it might to keep its distance from opinion and focus on the facts, Restrepo can't help leaving you with a sense of despair about the situation in Afghanistan.
July 1, 2010
A riveting, you-are-there, deployment to a godforsaken place where United States troops are pinned down by enemy fire almost every day...
July 1, 2010
The filmmakers call Restrepo an experimental film; and in this case, the experiment wasn't entirely successful, but it was definitely worth making.
July 1, 2010
In their just-the-facts approach, the filmmakers neither pass judgment on the platoon's mission nor comment on U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. In the filmmakers' eyes, the men came, they saw, they didn't conquer; they do reflect.
July 1, 2010
It's an essential record not only of the Afghanistan conflict but of men in battle
July 1, 2010
This is hard, hard duty. A 15-month tour. Our admiration for these men grows. Their jobs seem beyond conceiving. I cannot imagine a civilian thinking he could perform them.
June 28, 2010
It's the best thing I've seen in a long time.
June 25, 2010
Places audiences into the same groggy but frazzled rhythm as its combatants.
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