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Standard Operating Procedure Reviews

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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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 84/100
May 1, 2008
A misjudged degree of cinematic dazzle obscures the outrages at the core of Standard Operating Procedure, director Errol Morris' first documentary since The Fog of War, and the first Iraq documentary to focus on the infamous Abu Ghraib photo
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 13, 2008
It seems like Morris...misses the bigger picture.
May 23, 2008
It's unpleasant, as it should be, but not very illuminating.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 13, 2008
Adds relatively little insight to the public understanding of wayward military behavior.
May 8, 2008
Reduces one of the truly horrifying controversies in American military history to an intellectual puzzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
April 25, 2008
those hoping to see Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz - if not President Bush - get a cinematic racking in Standard Operating Procedure are going to be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 2, 2008
Even with an amazing filmmaker like Morris, it's impossible to yet fully focus the photos from Abu Ghraib and truly know what happened, who was right, who was wrong, and when it will happen again.
August 9, 2011
A bore and a real pain to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 23, 2008
Since The Thin Blue Line's remarkable intervention, Morris's work has grown more public and more problematic -- lofty yet snide, a form of know-it-all epistemological inquiry.
April 25, 2008
All I am arguing here is that Morris's manner of relating this story is very often quite inappropriate to its substance.
April 18, 2016
Morris' manic devotion to detail ultimately does the film in.
May 21, 2008
Each successive Morris picture seems to grow glossier and more vague, pushing further into abstraction and incessant macro-lens close-ups of ham-fisted recurring symbols. There's also really annoying music.
May 6, 2008
After Errol Morris' "Fog of War", I was expecting something more provocative from him --- instead, what we get is a very lengthy, often repetitive viewing of the infamous photographs of Abu Ghraib.
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May 6, 2008
The best I can say about this film is that it's important from the standpoint of having an historical record so an event like Abu Ghraib is not repeated.
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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.'
April 15, 2008
The lack of a clear narrative arc causes the film to seem repetitive.
April 23, 2008
Standard Operating Procedure is a documentary debacle.
May 23, 2008
[This] fancy, arty, sometimes abstract inquiry (the movie stops to ponder the meaning of photography) into infamous events at the Iraqi prison feels a little flimsy next to the thorough, hard-nosed reporting of Alex Gibney's Taxi to the Dark Side.
Read More | Original Score: C
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