The Yellow Birds Reviews

Top Critic
June 15, 2018
As "war is hell" movies go, this one is better than usual.
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 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.
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 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.
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
Moors excels at creating mood.
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.