The War Within Reviews

July 7, 2006
Akhtar, who also co-wrote the screenplay, is unable to convey Hassan's internal conflicts with any force.
November 3, 2005
The very model of the self-hating liberal consciousness; no matter his better intentions, he finds himself blaming the victim for the crime.
October 14, 2005
With subject matter so potentially intense, it's a ho-hum thriller with a predictable outcome.
October 14, 2005
The picture couldn't be more topical, but in the end it feels schematic, and you sense that the filmmakers are trying too hard to be even-handed.
October 14, 2005
Nervously reduces its characters to symbols and its plot to contrivances.
October 13, 2005
All this is neatly laid out -- too neatly. The results lack the shadows and fog of real life.
October 7, 2005
If you see just one suicide bomber drama this fall, don't make it The War Within.
October 6, 2005
Lyrically shot by Lisa Rinzler, but mired in noir cliché, the movie manages to be simultaneously overwrought and undercooked.
October 4, 2005
An honorable but failed attempt to dramatize the dynamics that propel a basically good man to become a suicide bomber.
September 30, 2005
Chillingly realistic but deeply repellent, The War Within is a film that should not have been made.
September 30, 2005
Despite an admirable effort to explore topical concerns, both director and actor are obviously overwhelmed by the immensity of the subject matter.
September 30, 2005
You can't say The War Within lacks topicality, but it's not exactly a courageous film, either.
September 30, 2005
The War Within succeeds only as a thriller with some wartime overtones, rather than as a character study that thrills.
September 27, 2005
Whatever inner conflict rages looks to us like moping and staring blankly out at the East River.
September 24, 2005
A movie about a sympathetic suicide bomber in New York? Producer Mark Cuban would probably bankroll a movie about a sympathetic Nazi in 1944.
September 12, 2005
It does a fairly good job of laying out the basic political motives behind Islamic terrorism. Unfortunately, as a drama, it has its narrative peak in the middle and quickly runs out of story afterward.