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The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez Reviews

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Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 9, 2008
With honesty and respect, Heidi Specogna has made neither a shallow tribute nor a polemic. She's made a great film about America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 17, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 17, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 17, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
May 11, 2007
Mournful and engrossing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
May 2, 2007
Dispels any remaining myth about the "compassionate" side of that supposed compassionate conservative, George W. Bush.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
April 30, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 25, 2007
Now, more than ever, it should be seen here in the U.S. for its ironies, both implicit and explicit.
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Brian Miller
Village Voice
April 24, 2007
With only a few letters and family photos, director Heidi Specogna never brings her subject to life.
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
April 24, 2007
It's impossible not to think of the many other 'green-card soldiers' -- desperate Latin Americans offered breaks on permanent resident status in exchange for military enlistment -- who've paid the highest price for a shot at a better life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 21, 2007
The life and death of the first American soldier killed in Iraq complicates the ongoing debate on illegal immigration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Ferraro
Film Threat
January 27, 2006
The Short Life... is one of those docs that takes the life of an individual and surrounds it with other people's stories that are just as absorbing.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 27, 2006
Heidi Specogna's The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez sensitively and methodically tells the story of the first U.S. soldier killed in the 2003 Iraq invasion.
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