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The Invisible War Reviews

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
March 14, 2014
The Invisible War is as compelling as Silence in the House of God, Alex Gibney's study of abusive Catholic priests.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stefan Pape
March 10, 2014
Where this picture is truly triumphant, is within the significance of its very existence. This film simply needs to have been made, and it needs to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
March 10, 2014
Directed with straightforward economy, The Invisible War sheds much-needed light on a very dark secret.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
March 9, 2014
Kirby Dick's typically insightful and compassionate documentary presents a harrowing picture of an epidemic of sexual assault and rape within the US military.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
March 7, 2014
The film works both as advocacy and as a very moving study of women (and one or two men) whose idealism and patriotism have been utterly shattered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
March 6, 2014
What calibre of male personnel is the military attracting? And how will this dysfunction affect its relations with foreign civilian populations? It is a grim picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 6, 2014
Tears are not hard evidence, but they are hard to resist as anecdotal testimony.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
February 24, 2013
That the Pentagon has, since the making of this documentary, revamped its rules to try to improve things - in particular, offering immediate transfers for those who allege abuse - is testimony to the power of Dick's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 22, 2013
This is an enraging film, as it is meant to be, [and] not just because it is a microcosm of rape culture, the collection of pervasive attitudes that rule our society that deny and dismiss men's violence against women.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 22, 2013 erratically-paced yet often harrowing documentary that shines a light on an important (and under-reported) topic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emanuel Levy
January 18, 2013
Addressing a rarely discussed social problem, Kirby's shocking docu could function as an agent of real change.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 7, 2013
I can hardly wait to see which closet Dick will throw open next.
Nathan Southern
TV Guide
January 7, 2013
The film delivers a sledgehammer blow to the audience, with an experience every bit as shattering and overwhelming as one might infer from the subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Gayle MacDonald
Globe and Mail
January 7, 2013
A must-see exposť of the abuse of power in an institution that is supposed to serve and protect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 7, 2013
I have rarely been more righteously riled up than I was while watching the documentary The Invisible War.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
January 7, 2013
It's an important, infuriating work. The testimonials from assaulted servicewomen and men should be screened on a loop in recruiting offices around the world.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
L.A. Weekly
January 7, 2013
Interview after interview, statistic after statistic, Dick's advocacy project thoroughly incenses -- and appears to be having results.
Chris Knight
National Post
January 7, 2013
Let's hope the film causes enough change that we don't have to "discover" such abuses in yet another decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 7, 2013
This travesty has been encouraged by a military culture that blames the victim and a policy directing soldiers to refer complaints to their commanding officer, which typically results in no action or even reprisals against those speaking out.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 22, 2012
A disquieting investigative essential documentary that sheds light on the massive problem of rape and the systemic cover-ups in the US military.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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