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The Yellow Birds (2018)

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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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Cast

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 (38) | Top Critics (11)

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

June 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A rather dispiriting slog of a movie.

June 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.

June 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.

June 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.

June 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.

January 25, 2017 | Full Review…

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