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The Road To Guantanamo Reviews

October 7, 2006
The Road to Guantánamo will drive you crazy, if you aren't crazy yet.
July 7, 2006
It makes its point in a way that a straight documentary could not.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 7, 2006
While not an altogether convincing character study of the three detainees, Guantanamo is a nonetheless chilling indictment.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 7, 2006
Offers a gripping rebuke of the way prisoners are treated at Guantanamo, even though it never entirely settles important questions about what the Tipton Three might have been up to.
Read More | Original Score: B
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 7, 2006
A bracing docu-drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 6, 2006
Your view of its accuracy depends entirely on how truthful you feel the narrators are. I found it easy to believe the general outlines of their stories. In times of war, bad things don't happen only to bad people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 6, 2006
The moviemakers tell the trio's engrossing story with a mix of battering immediacy, precision and discretion that puts you totally in the movie's grip.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 6, 2006
One-sided and, in part, anti-American, but via the fictionalized sequences, the directors convey more angles of the story.
Read More | Original Score: B-
July 5, 2006
...oddly unilluminating.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 30, 2006
It actually displays a remarkable rectitude when it comes to dramatizing its subjects' ordeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 30, 2006
A British docudrama that is as provocative as it is timely.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 26, 2006
...the film's urgency can tilt toward shrillness, but nobody else has made the disaster of Guantánamo so painfully vivid.
June 26, 2006
It's stunning and it's certain to spark a lot of discussion. But as a film, as a piece of art I think it's a very important piece of art.
June 24, 2006
A few flaws undermine the moral, political and dramatic force of the filmmakers' 'argument.'
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.
June 23, 2006
Reality and make-believe get more than mixed: They get muddled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 23, 2006
A film that must be seen to understand the sad truths of our times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 23, 2006
A riveting and disturbing documentary that falls short of greatness by not providing enough insight into the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 23, 2006
The movie begins as a not very compelling or particularly convincing road movie, and turns into a riveting prison drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 23, 2006
Road to Guantanamo is chilling as a snapshot of how the world changed for average Arab and Muslim men after 9/11.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 22, 2006
Although its methodology raises some questions, The Road to Guantanamo provides a riveting glimpse into a heavily shrouded political and moral quagmire that deepens by the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 22, 2006
The Road to Guantanamo, based on the testimony of three British Muslims captured in Afghanistan in 2001, is a wrenching and dismaying account of cruelty and bureaucratic indifference.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 22, 2006
An unconventional and mostly effective mix of documentary and dramatization...
Read More | Original Score: B
June 22, 2006
As pure documentary, the film brilliantly conjures without romanticization the chaos, squalor and fragility of Pakistan on the edge of what is just about to become a war zone.
June 22, 2006
[An] occasionally murky but always engrossing film.
June 22, 2006
An unblushingly partisan blend of documentary with dramatic action.
June 20, 2006
Although the Tiptons are ultimately unbroken after two years in prison camp, The Road to Guantánamo is one of the most oppressive accounts of life in a military detention.
June 19, 2006
In the Gitmo depicted by filmmakers Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, all prisoners, guilty and innocent, are treated with such systematic sadism that taking one's life is arguably a proportionate response.
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.
April 18, 2006
Powerfully co-directed by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, the film has a winning combo of excitement and topicality.
April 18, 2006
This remarkable film by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross tracks the true story of these British citizens of Pakistani descent, using hundreds of hours of interviews so the story can come out, literally, in their own words.