Sgt. Will Gardner

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SGT. Will Gardner tells the story of Iraq War veteran Will Gardner (Max Martini) who is suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) he sustained with his platoon while in combat. His injuries make it difficult for him to reintegrate into society. After a series of setbacks, he embarks on a spirited motorcycle journey across America with the goal of reuniting with his son. Along his journey, he tries to pick up the pieces of the life he's lost since returning from combat. His PTSD causes frequent flashbacks to the Iraq War which he survives by having frequent conversations with Sam (Omari Hardwick),his best friend and war buddy.

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Critic Reviews for Sgt. Will Gardner

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (7)

  • It really means well and it's a really important topic, but it's told in a frustrating, ham-fisted, flag-waving, clichéd way.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Sincerity of purpose, the best of intentions and brief appearances by top talent cannot save a real first pancake of a script in SGT. Will Gardner.

    Jan 11, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The film endlessly traffics in the sort of clichés endemic to the genre, from its gung-ho country music soundtrack to its frequent combat flashbacks illustrating the horrors of war.

    Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [Martini's] filmmaking instincts... prove too self-indulgent and heavy-handed to tell the kind of emotionally involving tale about post-traumatic stress disorder among returning soldiers that he clearly had in mind.

    Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Homelessness among military veterans is a noble subject for a filmmaker to take on. So it deserves a better vehicle than Sgt. Will Gardner, writer-director Max Martini's clumsy and sometimes downright laughable portrayal of an injured Iraq war vet.

    Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Heavy-handed clichés overwhelm the heartfelt intentions of this drama meant to salute veterans battling physical and emotional wounds as they return home.

    Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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