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The Road To Guantanamo Reviews

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Karina Longworth
February 1, 2008
If we ever felt like the soldiers and interrogators seen here were in any way human, Winterbottom and Whitecross' indictment of their behavior would hit twice as hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Chris Barsanti
June 21, 2006
It's not enough to simply show what these men went through, we need to be made to understand it, something that The Road to Guantanamo is sadly unable to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Warren Richey
Christian Science Monitor
October 14, 2006
Revulsion can be an effective tool in exposing wrongdoing. But in the murky confrontation between militant Islam and the West, truth will always be the better road to freedom.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A few flaws undermine the moral, political and dramatic force of the filmmakers' 'argument.'
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 24, 2006
...its setup is muddled and its subjects' motivations befuddling. It works as a strong indictment of the United States' actions in Guantanamo, but it is far from Winterbottom's most compelling work.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 23, 2006
The Road to Guantanamo is a missed opportunity. This is a subject that deserves a more thoughtful documentary or docudrama, not a hastily thrown together amalgam of the two.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Cabin
June 22, 2006
strange and unbalanced
| Original Score: 3/5
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June 23, 2006
Reality and make-believe get more than mixed: They get muddled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 23, 2006
While the story is significant, the filmmaking is flawed. It seems like Guantánamo was rushed out for newsy impact when it really could have used some more fine tuning before release.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
July 8, 2006
Toes a fine line between docudrama and agitprop. Whether it crosses that line depends on your political persuasion, but without doubt this would have been a stronger film had Winterbottom at least asked why going into a war zone seemed a good plan.
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David Denby
New Yorker
June 19, 2006
This exposé of American sadism is a shocker, but the movie doesn't bring us any closer to understanding the abuse that is carried out in our names.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
June 23, 2006
It's probably safe to say that most of what the film depicts happened that way. A film as determined as this one is to make an impassioned statement, though, ought to have made me feel that in my heart, not just accept it intellectually.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 5, 2006
...oddly unilluminating.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 23, 2006
For those outraged by U.S. treatment of detainees at Guantanamo and the Bush administration in general, this film provides ample fodder for their cause.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
July 19, 2006
Perhaps it will be a strong enough reminder of what's going on down there, un-checked and unregulated, that it will encourage those familiar with the subject to at least talk about it more with those who aren't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Campbell
September 17, 2007
An astonishing tale of survival, a kind of modern Odyssey with a touch of the old mistaken-identity scenario, presented in a pointedly discriminating first-person narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
June 23, 2006
In alerting the world to an American wartime indignity, the release of The Road to Guantanamo is also a roadblock to fighting terrorism, but that's a chance we should all be willing to take.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 7, 2006
Winterbottom's re-enactors do a persuasive job of depicting young men whose ad hoc decision to travel from Pakistan to Afghanistan put them solidly in the wrong-place/wrong-time category.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 22, 2006
An unblushingly partisan blend of documentary with dramatic action.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 23, 2006
Watching this mélange of journalism and dramatic license can be enthralling and maddening at the same time, because the ring of truth, which the film has, is not the same as the truth, which remains unknown.
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