The Yellow Birds Reviews

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June 10, 2018
You may want for something to hold on to, but Tye Sheridan and Alden Ehrenreich slip through the fingers, both seeming uninterested and restless to move on to other projects.
May 29, 2018
There've been too many Iraq War films -- good, bad and indifferent -- to waste your time on one that's merely mediocre.
July 12, 2017
A lyrical and bitterly sad drama about boys ruined by war, Alexandre Moors's film succeeds on style while falling short on plot.
June 13, 2017
Basically every war movie ever made takes pains to point out that war is hell, but the way The Yellow Birds presents that hell is interesting, precisely because it's not that interesting.
January 25, 2017
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
Moors is a filmmaker with immense talent, as demonstrated in his Sundance film Blue Caprice from a few years back, but the beats don't quite align this time around.
January 25, 2017
Even though The Yellow Birds doesn't stick the landing, it's the kind of movie that's perfect for Ehrenreich to show off his range as he gears up to be a Movie Star.
January 24, 2017
The Yellow Birds should have been an exciting, intense war movie, but has instead been turned into Full Metal Jacket for dummies.
January 23, 2017
"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
A solid war drama gets bogged down in a routine mystery.
Top Critic
January 23, 2017
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
"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 22, 2017
The performances go a long way... but as the narrative becomes tedious, what should be an emotional gutpunch of a conclusion ends up falling flat.
January 22, 2017
Oddly surprising how dramatically inert it is.
January 22, 2017
Unburdened by any apparent ideological agenda-a rarity for films about contemporaneous warfare-The Yellow Birds freely pumps up and tears apart.
January 22, 2017
Moors excels at creating mood.
January 22, 2017
Moors doesn't approach these conventional war-film narrative threads from a straightforward perspective. Instead, he subverts our expectations.
January 22, 2017
Strong performances can't overcome the drama's familiarity.
January 22, 2017
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 21, 2017
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.
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