The Blood of My Brother: A Story of Death in Iraq Reviews

  • Dec 08, 2008

    This is a startling documentary from Iraq, depicting the suffering of Iraqi citizens. It manages to coherently explain the reasons for which these young men feel the need to join the resistance movement against the American occupation. Very interesting, and heartbreaking.

    This is a startling documentary from Iraq, depicting the suffering of Iraqi citizens. It manages to coherently explain the reasons for which these young men feel the need to join the resistance movement against the American occupation. Very interesting, and heartbreaking.

  • Jul 07, 2008

    (*** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img]

    (*** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img]

  • Mar 01, 2008

    we need to see what's goin' on over there and how people suffer from the war thing like losing (family) members

    we need to see what's goin' on over there and how people suffer from the war thing like losing (family) members

  • Jan 10, 2008

    Certainly impactful at times. But just seemed a bit too basic in its delivery, and also misleading. See all the deleted scenes to see what was really going on in the family. It was obviously a willful decision to ignore the fact that this Iraqi young guy was letting his family down by hitting the race tracks and playing video games as opposed to staying at his shop to make money to feed the family. Instead, the director chose to make it appear as if the evil American occupancy just wrecked this family's life (not negating the fact that it is the truth) and nothing could be done to stop it. It would have been much more interesting to see the full depth of what was really going on. Shame on the director for taking such an amateur angle on things. It's easy to make things look bad when you want it to, but sometimes it's not easy to tell the truth.

    Certainly impactful at times. But just seemed a bit too basic in its delivery, and also misleading. See all the deleted scenes to see what was really going on in the family. It was obviously a willful decision to ignore the fact that this Iraqi young guy was letting his family down by hitting the race tracks and playing video games as opposed to staying at his shop to make money to feed the family. Instead, the director chose to make it appear as if the evil American occupancy just wrecked this family's life (not negating the fact that it is the truth) and nothing could be done to stop it. It would have been much more interesting to see the full depth of what was really going on. Shame on the director for taking such an amateur angle on things. It's easy to make things look bad when you want it to, but sometimes it's not easy to tell the truth.

  • Nov 10, 2007

    more like a documentary...barely held my attention...nice idea though.

    more like a documentary...barely held my attention...nice idea though.

  • Sep 25, 2007

    A wonderful portrayal of the human cost of war...Sad and poignant. A must see.

    A wonderful portrayal of the human cost of war...Sad and poignant. A must see.

  • Sep 11, 2007

    this movie is a great idea, i feel like it is a story that needs to be told, the side of the iraqis not just what you see on TV, that being said, i feel like thats where it ended, it starts off strong and continues and pretty much beats a dead horse for an hour afterward, it was a story of mourning which is good, but they never fully relate it to people so it makes it hard to understand and sypathize

    this movie is a great idea, i feel like it is a story that needs to be told, the side of the iraqis not just what you see on TV, that being said, i feel like thats where it ended, it starts off strong and continues and pretty much beats a dead horse for an hour afterward, it was a story of mourning which is good, but they never fully relate it to people so it makes it hard to understand and sypathize

  • Jul 19, 2007

    It's a real documentary about the confusion which never ceases in this globally diversified wealth we like to cling to for comforts-even in Iraq with their bombed out housing and the death ridden streets they still have Playstation, Pepsi, popcorn and Horse racing! I don't know what to think about U.S. or Iraq anymore the dust never settles there...!

    It's a real documentary about the confusion which never ceases in this globally diversified wealth we like to cling to for comforts-even in Iraq with their bombed out housing and the death ridden streets they still have Playstation, Pepsi, popcorn and Horse racing! I don't know what to think about U.S. or Iraq anymore the dust never settles there...!

  • Jul 15, 2007

    I didn't think this documentary was very strong at all. The only pov shown was the family's, which is good in some ways & bad in others. Maybe im just used to seeing a broader range of opinions?! Although im sure if they asked the soldiers about the gunfire, the question would be greatly avoided.

    I didn't think this documentary was very strong at all. The only pov shown was the family's, which is good in some ways & bad in others. Maybe im just used to seeing a broader range of opinions?! Although im sure if they asked the soldiers about the gunfire, the question would be greatly avoided.

  • Jun 26, 2007

    Makes you wonder about the contrast between your comfortable, privileged life and the lives you are complicit in destroying.

    Makes you wonder about the contrast between your comfortable, privileged life and the lives you are complicit in destroying.