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Voices in Wartime Reviews

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
An absorbing and eye-opening documentary about war poetry.
Tim Appelo
Seattle Weekly
April 15, 2005
One of the most original war movies ever made. Men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 15, 2005
Stodgily structured by intercutting grisly stock footage with talking heads and muddy videos of Poets Against the War events, Voices in Wartime isn't nearly as cinematically inspiring as many of the poets it brings to light.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 15, 2005
An overview of the historic relationship between war and poetry.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
April 15, 2005
An important new documentary that looks at the ways in which poetry helps people come to terms with conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
April 15, 2005
A stirring testament to the search for meaning.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
April 14, 2005
Voices in Wartime is a thoughtful, provocative exploration of the ways poets have dealt with the experience of battle throughout history.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 14, 2005
It's interesting that, in a documentary about war poetry that supplements literary readings with the occasional use of exceedingly bloody archival war footage, the words more than hold their own against the pictures.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
April 14, 2005
The film's self-limiting pacifism precludes a closer look at the poetry of war, which is not synonymous with poetry against war.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
April 10, 2005
Making poetry cinematic requires greater imagination than King evinces...If the medium isn't always as sturdy as the message, that's a fault that can be readily overlooked.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
April 9, 2005
...fascinating and extremely literate documentary Voices in Wartime manages to present the poet's position on war without turning completely into an anti-Bush film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
April 8, 2005
A string of fine, thought-provoking ideas.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
April 8, 2005
Filled with some of the most powerful poetry and shattering images ever to come out of warfare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Russell Scott Smith
New York Post
April 8, 2005
A moving documentary about poetry inspired by combat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Anita Gates
New York Times
April 7, 2005
Rick King's stirring documentary Voices in Wartime is not, as you might guess from the title, a compilation of soldiers' battlefield letters to their families back home. This intense little film is about poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joshua Land
Village Voice
April 5, 2005
[A] poorly organized mishmash of archival war films, scholarly chatter, and literary quotations.
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