The Tillman Story Reviews

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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.
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.
September 16, 2010
The Tillman Story clearly lays out exactly what happened that caused Tillman to be blown to bits by fellow U.S.forces -- and the government's efforts to whitewash the story to avoid mounting criticism of the war.
September 8, 2010
Watching the film, emotions range from sadness, of course, to frustration to outright anger. This, truly, is the best we can do? Throwing up roadblocks in front of the truth, not trusting the American people to understand the nature of war...
September 2, 2010
Could you imagine how difficult it must have been to pore over records containing the brutal facts of your son's death?
September 2, 2010
[An] uncompromising documentary.
September 2, 2010
It's a sobering look at how governments operate in wartime, putting a shiny spin on even the grimmest of tragedies.
September 2, 2010
Well-paced, methodical and seemingly thorough...
September 2, 2010
Amir Bar-Lev's The Tillman Story is a gripping drama that reconstructs Tillman's life, death, and legacy.
September 2, 2010
Who was Pat Tillman? Himself. That's all you and the US Army need to know.
September 2, 2010
A scathing indictment of how Tillman's death, aided by complicitous media coverage, was cynically manipulated by the military as a propaganda windfall.
September 2, 2010
It is enraging yet nuanced, an elusive combination for any documentary...
August 27, 2010
The Tillman Story stands as a truthful and emotional eulogy to a fallen solider and one that would never have been told without Dannie Tillman's determination.
August 27, 2010
The Tillman Story plays the sparkling colors of Pat Tillman's personality against the black and white of his state-sponsored myth.
August 25, 2010
The Tillman Story unravels the deceptions -- and the deep dishonor -- that inflated life-size valor into fake superheroism.
Top Critic
August 20, 2010
The Tillman Story is ferocious filmmaking, but it wouldn't have half the force it does if the director didn't also get at the complicated man Pat Tillman was ...
August 20, 2010
Provocative and colorful as the film is, it does the very thing it denounces -- massaging the facts to seize Tillman for a political agenda.
August 20, 2010
It's the movie to put your money on to win the Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars.
August 20, 2010
There's a lot of blame to go around, certainly, but in the end we're left with a lot of conjecture about what people "must have" known, and too-quick pans over official documents.
August 20, 2010
Mr. Bar-Lev's clearsighted, emotionally steady documentary examines the family members' deepening inquiry into the circumstances of Tillman's death and chronicles their mounting rage at the military's misappropriation of his story.
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