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  • While never letting its tone of studious but stewing detachment slip, the movie quietly builds a truly enraging case for a certain form of systematic official cynicism.

    August 17, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The link between the illegal immigrant problems in the United States and the war in Iraq is explored in the moving documentary The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez.

    August 17, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • Mournful and engrossing.

    May 11, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Although Ms. Specogna's film fleshes out his life to the extent that it can, the portrait remains frustratingly incomplete. But given its larger subject - a young life trampled beneath history's forward march - this seems entirely fitting.

    April 30, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • Now, more than ever, it should be seen here in the U.S. for its ironies, both implicit and explicit.

    April 25, 2007
  • With only a few letters and family photos, director Heidi Specogna never brings her subject to life.

    April 24, 2007
  • While never letting its tone of studious but stewing detachment slip, the movie quietly builds a truly enraging case for a certain form of systematic official cynicism.

    August 17, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The link between the illegal immigrant problems in the United States and the war in Iraq is explored in the moving documentary The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez.

    August 17, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • Mournful and engrossing.

    May 11, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Although Ms. Specogna's film fleshes out his life to the extent that it can, the portrait remains frustratingly incomplete. But given its larger subject - a young life trampled beneath history's forward march - this seems entirely fitting.

    April 30, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • With honesty and respect, Heidi Specogna has made neither a shallow tribute nor a polemic. She's made a great film about America.

    June 9, 2008 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez is a film with a moral and political message about immigration and the people who are used as cannon fodder by the United States.

    August 17, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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