The Tillman Story Reviews

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July 24, 2019
The Tillman Story is an astonishing case study that drives home the familiar adage that truth is the first casualty of war.
October 18, 2018
Amir Bar-Lev's powerful film, Tillman, takes in that whole sordid period in the life of America and portrays the singular Tillman family vividly and wonderfully.
June 29, 2017
These are not popular films, but they are intrinsically essential to our understanding of citizenship and discipleship in the modern world.
April 28, 2015
It's not a particularly well-made documentary, but it doesn't need to be.
February 24, 2011
It's no mistake that the film's (anti-)resolving image is a statue of Tillman, frozen in time as a heroic but Sphynx-like riddle. [Blu-ray]
January 21, 2011
[A] brilliant, deceptively complex portrait.
December 25, 2010
Bar-Lev achieves no small feat in parsing out a complicated narrative and picking up on the family's outrage without turning it into a partisan or anti-military screed.
November 28, 2010
... only the very naive could take The Tillman Story as revelatory. It's not the way they tried to make one soldier's death seem romantic that's the real problem. It's that, for us, war has always been the stuff of glory ...
November 3, 2010
Like Pat Tillman himself, apparently, Amir Bar-Lev's movie stubbornly refuses to fit neatly into a box and come up with traditional, rousing solutions. Searing.
October 29, 2010
The documentary does a fine job of laying out the very personal story. The use of home videos, actual military investigation footage and interviews with fellow soldiers brings to light what happened. Audiences will feel a sense of heartbreaking empathy...
October 29, 2010
Reportedly, Bar-Lev wanted to call it I'm Pat Fucking Tillman after the last words of the man himself...My own suggestion would be Blasting Through Bullshit: The Pat Tillman Cover-up.
October 29, 2010
Leaving The Tillman Story you won't know whether to weep or put your fist through a wall. This documentary from director Amir Bar-Lev is that powerful.
October 29, 2010
We may never know exactly who shot Pat Tillman on that ridge in Afghanistan or why, but we have a better idea of who he was.
October 22, 2010
This is the kind of movie that makes you mad, that angers you in a way that's fundamental to your place within a democracy.
October 22, 2010
The tragic details of a football hero's death and the ugly efforts of deceitful career generals to hide the truth
October 21, 2010
What begins as an examination of a coverup blossoms into a fascinating story of the American public and its desire for a patriotic martyr no matter the cost.
September 28, 2010
Storytelling is a matter of life and death
September 25, 2010
The Tillman Story is an illustrative, cautionary tale, a fact-finding mission that was ultimately stonewalled by Congress, as we witness in heartbreaking footage of the cover-up hearings.
September 20, 2010
Call it "anti-mythic."
September 17, 2010
Bar-Lev's documentary's greatest service isn't in recounting the Army's back-pedaling so much as underscoring how communal needs and family grief don't perfectly align. And that political usefulness may attempt to trump all other rites.
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