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Stop-Loss Reviews

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November 29, 2017
Stop-Loss-the first feature directed by Kimberly Peirce since Boys Don't Cry (1999)-is the best of the bunch. It's aims to be a Coming Home for our time, and it's the first film about the Iraq war that attempts to be entertaining.
December 17, 2010
Mature, violent war drama tackles heavy issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 27, 2009
Feverish yet bizarrely apolitical, the movie tries to have it both ways and fumbles its outraged and reconciliatory impulses equally
March 29, 2009
Peirce's sincerity and smarts cannot quite defuse the overall didactic nature of the piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 4, 2008
Following the harrowing and superbly made opening sequences of hand to hand combat in Iraq, we can feel the frustrations and the anger through the film, and we sympathise. But the film has a confused message ...
August 4, 2008
Stop-Loss is a tough film to watch and one that raises issues of concern that travel far beyond the war-torn regions. But whether its message is accurately targeted is for the viewer to decide
July 2, 2008
...once it makes its point, it tends to pile on, never making an entirely convincing drama nor an entirely convincing argument.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
June 18, 2008
The film gets pretty heavy handed in the last third and is weighed down by an inadequate performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 11, 2008
The reason "Stop Loss" works, unlike its 2007 predecessors, is that it cares more about its characters than it does about making a political point.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 5, 2008
[Peirce's] film looks at the fallout of war in lives lost and lives ruined, pain that has a trickle-up effect on our nation's image of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 3, 2008
It strokes every personal ideal, whatever it is, rather than aligning itself with its characters and letting the conclusions arise out of who they are.
May 24, 2008
Though it is very message oriented and a little sloppy at times, I found the subject to be really interesting and the opening war scene will blow you away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 22, 2008
The war in Iraq has itself become the realization of the shameful "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (it's not just gays and lesbians that are being told to look the other way). Stop-Loss reveals just one ugly aspect of such insidiousness.
May 15, 2008
An honest vocalization of the inchoate discomfort so many Americans on either side of the political divide are feeling.
| Original Score: B
May 1, 2008
But whatever you think about the Iraq war and the people who are fighting in it, you'll be shaken up and moved by Stop-Loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 25, 2008
Distancing Stop-Loss from other Iraq films by highlighting an American military tactic that has been little talked about, Peirce has crafted a credible but hardly outstanding effort that may disappoint those expecting another Boys Don't Cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 25, 2008
Stop Loss takes some time out from the argument over the validity of the war to ask a question closer to home - whether the emotional battlefield America subjects its young soldiers to is actually worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 25, 2008
It's the film equivalent of a weary shrug - capturing the national mood at a moment when we'd all prefer some mood enhancers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
April 25, 2008
Strong performances from the young cast make a compelling case that the US govt is failing its soldiers, but the film's a little too much of a blunt instrument.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 24, 2008
Kimberly Peirce's long-awaited follow-up to Boys Don't Cry is a thought-provoking, emotionally engaging drama that packs a surprisingly powerful punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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