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War, Inc. Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 13, 2008
A brave and ambitious but chaotic attempt at political satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 20, 2008
Any random five minutes from lefty talk-radio hosts Rachel Maddow's or Randi Rhodes' shows would provide more entertainment and deeper insight into current events.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Aaron Hillis
L.A. Weekly
May 22, 2008
Challenges the corrupt military-industrial complex and privatization with such an embarrassingly generic, dated, fish-in-a-barrel aplomb that it's no wonder David Mamet denounced his former life as a "brain-dead liberal."
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
October 18, 2008
War, Inc. squanders some top-tier talent (Marisa Tomei, Sir Ben Kingsley) as well as our patience.
Edward Douglas
May 23, 2008
Despite the film's tongue-in-cheek nature, it's never really funny, throwing a lot of ideas into the mix and creating a convoluted story that's probably too smart for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 27, 2008
The jokes about evil corporations and wartime profiteers and hitmen fall flat, and the last 20 minutes are loud, and violent and ridiculous and endless.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 18, 2008
What is supposed to be a sharp parody is so slow, we're always several steps ahead.
| Original Score: 1/4
Karina Longworth
April 28, 2008
The John Cusack 'comedy' (generic term used loosely) gives anti-war filmmaking a bad name.
Katey Rich
April 30, 2008
So lost within its own ideas of satire and its own ridiculous plot, War, Inc. never really figures out anything to say.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
May 22, 2008
Even less funny than Southland Tales and not nearly as adventurous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 17, 2008
Each earnest impulse blunts the edge of an already scattered satire and obscures the logic beneath it. And the laughs are buried in the same pile of disorderly conduct.
Bill Gibron
May 23, 2008
The politics of War, Inc. are not problematic so much as pedestrian. There's nothing new in embracing the anti-conservative screed to show how off kilter the country really is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
June 13, 2008
Like the smart weapon technology it mocks, War, Inc. aims at the right targets but misfires so severely that even the clever details get obliterated in the resulting mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 23, 2008
War, Inc., which takes on the shifty world of Bush-policy blowback, has too much happening, which befits a comedy with a lot of targets but ultimately makes the whole operation scattershot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
June 26, 2008
An Iraq satire being released past the point when discussing the occupation has become wearying and parodying it a slow-target yawn.
Prairie Miller
June 28, 2008
Cusack as a mercenary in bulltetproof designer suits and Hilary Duff doing a kinky Arab superstar sexpot shoving scorpions down her crotch, can't save this satire crossing the line between the chaos of war and the chaos of filmmaking.
Beth Accomando
June 29, 2008
...there's plenty of material ripe for savage satire out in the world right now, and while I approve of the targets War, Inc. took aim at, I can't say that it ever scored a direct hit.
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
April 25, 2008
It all adds up to a fast pace, lots of shooting, and a movie that, in its heart, is as corrupt as the politics it attempts to satirize.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
May 9, 2008
No matter how dark your sense of humor, the Bush Administration's joke has become a harsh reality. There's no spark of humor when you're staring into an abyss.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Geoff Berkshire
May 22, 2008
Just embarrassing for everyone involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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