The Yellow Birds (2018)


Critic Consensus: The Yellow Birds has a strong cast and a worthy message, but they're both lost in this war drama's rote, clichéd story.


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Against the explosive backdrop of the Iraq War, young soldiers Brandon Bartle (Alden Ehrenreich) and Daniel Murphy (Tye Sheridan) forge a deep bond of friendship. When tragedy strikes the platoon, one soldier must return home to face the hard truth behind the incident, and help a grieving mother (Jennifer Aniston) find peace. With a compelling mix of battle action and poignant drama, The Yellow Birds is an unforgettable movie whose power resonates long after the final frame.

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Alden Ehrenreich
as Brandon Bartle
Tye Sheridan
as Daniel Murphy
Toni Collette
as Amy Bartle
Jason Patric
as Capt. Anderson
Jack Huston
as Sgt. Sterling
Jennifer Aniston
as Maureen Murphy

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (12)

As "war is hell" movies go, this one is better than usual.

Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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A rather dispiriting slog of a movie.

Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"The Yellow Birds" is a difficult film that hammers home its point that war is a living hell that extends far beyond the battlefield.

Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Making a late appearance in the Iraq War movie cycle, the impressively acted "The Yellow Birds" manages to leave an affecting mark even as it constantly struggles to find a distinctive voice of its own.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Watch it once, and you could come away a little underwhelmed; watch it twice, and you begin to suspect that its almost humdrum rhythms are exactly the point.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

It's not only that The Yellow Birds doesn't have anything new to say, but that it's playing movie karaoke with other, better war movies.

Jan 25, 2017 | Full Review…

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