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Standard Operating Procedure Reviews

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Ray Pride
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.
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
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
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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

National Post
October 18, 2008
| 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
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
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
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
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.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 17, 2008
Errol Morris has become the Steven Spielberg or Martin Scorsese of documentary filmmaking, with all the positives and negatives that rather facile comparison implies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 6, 2008
Standard Operating Procedure feels like a historical work in progress, brilliant, thought-provoking but incomplete.
| Original Score: 4/5
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