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Standard Operating Procedure Reviews

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Michael Atkinson
In These Times
April 18, 2016
Morris' manic devotion to detail ultimately does the film in.
Ray Pride
Newcity
April 8, 2014
A female face: unformed personalities the equivalent of the portrayal of na´vetÚ by Sissy Spacek in "Badlands." An improbable horror movie about metadata and its discontents.
Michael Chaiken
Film Comment Magazine
November 14, 2013
The film's bloody dramatizations...suggest a fundamental distrust of the efficacy of the word over the image and a bland assumption that audiences have lost their ability to empathize.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 9, 2011
A bore and a real pain to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
December 5, 2008
Fascinating and horrifying, especially if you take a step back and view it thinking about what it tells us about the society in which these abuses took place.
| Original Score: 79/100
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
November 14, 2008
Examines both the mystery of primitive human instincts and the nature and power of photography.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 18, 2008
For American military personnel to descend to Saddam's level was one of the worst moments in US history, and Morris's film reveals the truth: the poisonous Abu Ghraib pictures were not merely an American scandal but a human catastrophe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David D'Arcy
Screen International
October 18, 2008
Morris's distillation of long talks with young ex-soldiers and the female general who commanded prisons all over Iraq is among the best documentaries on the Iraq war.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
Morris never gets close to the administrative attitude that apparently sanctioned, perhaps even encouraged the goings-on, despite Karpinski's contention that 'none of this produced useful intelligence.'
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
October 18, 2008
Haunting photographs and video seemingly point a finger at the low-ranking indicted soldiers. Equally haunting is the notion that journalists and the public assumed they had seen everything.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 16, 2008
A worthwhile... meticulously reported film, splashed with [Morris'] own, unique style.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 18, 2008
Engaging, well-made documentary that will provoke outrage, shock and horror in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Victor Olliver
Teletext
July 17, 2008
As shocking are the prisoner treatments permitted as "standard operating procedure". A disturbing, dispassionate investigation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Evan Williams
The Australian
July 10, 2008
Standard Operating Procedure is a brilliantly, almost self-consciously, stylish film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 4, 2008
...at times it veers dangerously close to being just another solipsistic horror show, another magic trick in which absolution is achieved through ordinariness.
| Original Score: 84/100
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
July 4, 2008
In taking us beyond the edges of those infamous photographs, he shows us a system that did more than produce a few bad apples; it was rotten to the core.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
June 28, 2008
A film of great sadness about how we humans debase ourselves; it's also an important reminder to never jump to conclusions from appearances
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
June 26, 2008
In some ways, Standard Operating Procedure is too appalling to appreciate. It's like watching the Nuremberg Trials, Nazis purposefully passing the buck higher and higher up, fully aware that no one above a certain rank is around to take the blame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
June 23, 2008
Morris offers valuable new perspectives on Abu Ghraib, but the paying customers may not care to go there again.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
June 19, 2008
Non-essential Morris. Pick any other documentary to find more interesting and colorful subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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