The Yellow Birds Reviews

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March 13, 2019
Alden Ehrenreich and Ty Sheridan were both great and the cinematography is stunning.
August 14, 2018
Although the cinematography is beautiful and the film has a lot of potential, it's far too slowly paced and doesn't have enough depth for the heavy material it takes on.
July 10, 2018
The Yellow Birds doesn't say much of anything outside of the mundane. The trio of young men at its center are compelling enough, but the entire ordeal feels like a mash-up of countless other movies.
July 6, 2018
Talent on both sides of the camera can't quite pull together this cerebral, introspective examination of the psychological trauma of military combat.
July 2, 2018
War is hell and we know that, but The Yellow Birds wants to show how war lingers. That gives The Yellow Birds an emotional edge.
June 25, 2018
The Yellow Birds does make the most of a murky river or a smoldering battleground, but there is little depth behind its reliable imagery.
June 22, 2018
It's received a fair amount of negative response for its allegiance to the cinematic canon, but The Yellow Birds is more than the sum of other films' parts and makes for a worthwhile adventure.
June 21, 2018
Somehow the film provides a uniquely realistic look at the effects of war while the plot does its best to cloud our view.
Top Critic
June 15, 2018
As "war is hell" movies go, this one is better than usual.
June 15, 2018
War violence, language, shocking moments in mature drama.
June 15, 2018
The story's varied elements of urban combat, back-home recovery and mystery ultimately get away from [director Alexandre] Moors.
June 15, 2018
Even [the soure material's] boldest and most searing examinations are somehow distilled into safe, inoffensive and palatable antiwar movie fluff.
June 15, 2018
A rather dispiriting slog of a movie.
June 15, 2018
"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
The familiarity of this story ... certainly doesn't help in combination with Lowery, Porto, and director Alexandre Moors' non-specific approach to the material.
June 14, 2018
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
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
Aims to be poetic and insular, but it's not a particularly compelling feature, slogging through the same old sights and sounds without inspiration to be anything more than disappointingly predictable.
June 11, 2018
What you see and hear will haunt you. Despite all the strong elements, a somber mood is what you will take away.
June 10, 2018
An unsettling exploration of two young adults broken by their traumatizing experiences out in the field
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