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Stop-Loss Reviews

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March 26, 2008
A protest movie about the war that -- follow me closely here -- doesn't actually protest the war.
March 27, 2008
While Stop-Loss is more ambitious and well-crafted than the paint-by-numbers Varsity Blues, these two coming-of-age stories still belong in a similar film category: melodrama
Read More | 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 28, 2008
It's more a sweaty assemblage of dramatic high-points than a coherent, persuasive story of wounded warriors trying to make it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 27, 2008
occasionally seems like an MTV/Varsity Blues pop variation of In the Valley of Elah
| Original Score: 3/5
March 27, 2008
That Stop-Loss wears its generally good intentions on its camo sleeve doesn't keep it from being consigned to the missed-opportunity file.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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
March 28, 2008
...more of an artillery based Abercrombie and Fitch road trip than a concise character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 27, 2008
Stop-Loss features cartoonish lessons on disillusionment and irksome actors trying to blue-steel the crap out of each other.
Full Review | Original Score: D
April 4, 2008
...road-picture inertia with flashes of overwrought melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 14, 2008
Stop Loss was just a big hot mess of a film, that I'm sure will sell well with teenage girls.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 28, 2008
After five years of news footage and documentaries coming from the war in Iraq, Stop-Loss is as phony as a re-enactment with finger pup pets.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 27, 2008
Plays like a homage to '70s and '80s-era Vietnam films, which only underlines how depressing it is that the same kind of human tragedy is still being explored today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 27, 2008
Peirce (with co-writer Mark Richard) also vacillates between earnestness and superficiality, making Stop-Loss too often feel like eye candy with a message.
March 28, 2008
Stop-Loss can't quite decide whether to focus on making a powerful statement on a controversial and unfamiliar military policy or on a more predictable drama about the traumatic effect of war on young people's lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 27, 2008
It's one long, angry howl with nary a pause for breath.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 27, 2008
"Stop-Loss" isn't so much a bad film as it is an annoyingly uneven one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 28, 2008
Stop-Loss should have been a thought-provoking drama; instead, the crucial subject of PTSD is lost amidst melodrama and mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 28, 2008
An incredibly frustrating drama that starts off promisingly, featuring a talented ensemble, but devolves into too much repetitive rhetoric and a predictable non-conclusion.
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