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The Invisible War Reviews

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Sara Stewart
New York Post
June 22, 2012
For sheer infuriation value, you can't do much better than Kirby Dick's quietly scathing documentary on rape in the US military.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 22, 2012
Dick, whose films include a revealing expose about the movie industry's film ratings board, has created yet another galvanizing call to action with "The Invisible War."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 21, 2012
What happened to these women after the rape often shocks and disturbs them as much as the physical act itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
June 21, 2012
It is far too difficult to watch. Which means we must.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 21, 2012
This is not a movie that can be ignored.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Alison Willmore
Movieline
June 21, 2012
Presents a sickening chorus of accounts not just of rape but of institutional betrayal, of a system that's utterly failed to protect or serve those who've joined it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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June 21, 2012
The movie depicts the military's culture of intimidation and assault as global, not as an aberration that might be explained by the pressures of combat or the tedium of life on secluded posts.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 21, 2012
Every adult who owes a debt of gratitude to American soldiers should see Kirby Dick's heartbreaking documentary about sexual violence in the military.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 21, 2012
There's a sense that Dick would rather be effective than fair, but The Invisible War wants to tear down walls, and sometimes a sledgehammer comes in handy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 20, 2012
The intense interviews and damning statistics (20 percent of all female personnel have experienced sexual assault) do the work of whipping up outrage.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 20, 2012
Dick's films often strut with a lilting impudence, but his new work is dead-serious, as suits the subject.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
June 20, 2012
Tough, heroic stuff - heroic on the part of the women who are brave enough to come forward to speak to Dick's camera.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
June 19, 2012
An extremely emotional film, but another terrific investigational exposť by one of the more underrated doc filmmakers out there.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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David Fear
Time Out
June 19, 2012
Any attempt to look at deeper-rooted causes behind these assaults is completely AWOL.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 19, 2012
A disturbing, hard-hitting, and emotionally-shattering documentary about the rapes of women serving in the U.S. military.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 18, 2012
Kirby Dick's devastating documentary about the U.S. Military's systemically endorsed sexual abuses against its own soldiers, puts yet another puzzle-piece in America's horrific reality...
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
June 18, 2012
...one of those few films one sees in a year that deserve the label "important."
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 17, 2012
Kirby Dick's spartan use of graphics and statistics conveys arguments with little grandstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
June 15, 2012
Consisting primarily of interviews with the victims...(director Kirby) Dick's film is hard-hitting and upsetting. (Includes interview with Kirby Dick)
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
June 14, 2012
This powerful doc is surpisingly only the first to attack the victimization of tens of thousands of women in the armed forces by their own fellow soldiers.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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