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The Yellow Birds (2018)


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Two young men, Daniel Murphy (Tye Sheridan) and Brandon Bartle (Alden Ehrenreich), enlist in the army and are deployed to fight in the Iraq War. After an unthinkable tragedy, the returning soldier struggles to balance his promise of silence with the truth and a mourning mother's (Jennifer Aniston) search for peace. Based on Kevin Powers' New York Times best seller, THE YELLOW BIRDS explores the bond among servicemen, the difficulties of coming home and the toll war takes on its soldiers and their families.


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

Critic Reviews for The Yellow Birds

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

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…

"The Yellow Birds" ... takes the form of a detective story, albeit one in which the mystery is as drearily protracted as it is ultimately unpersuasive.

January 23, 2017 | Full Review…

The film seems chiefly informed by other movies; the generic combat scenes are staged with the same shaky handheld "urgency" as every other Iraq War picture, while the characters have no psychology beyond the usual innocence-lost arc.

January 23, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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"The Yellow Birds" mostly feels like a slightly different version of "American Sniper," not least because of its disregard for any lives lost that don't belong to Americans.

January 23, 2017 | Full Review…

An excellent novel about the Iraq War and its homefront fallout has been turned into a rather flat and disappointing film in The Yellow Birds.

January 22, 2017 | Full Review…

In almost every crucial way, "The Yellow Birds" is a flat and listless piece of moviemaking, a monotonous indie dirge that will probably end up fighting hard to win even a tiny audience.

January 21, 2017 | Full Review…

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