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War, Inc. Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 18, 2008
This John Cusack-driven exercise in scorched-earth political comedy is neither as dark nor as timely as intended, and certainly not as funny.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Leydon
Houston Chronicle
July 18, 2008
Despite flashes of comic inspiration and an abundance of anything-goes boldness, this well-intentioned but wobbly satire is a chaotic free-fire zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 3, 2008
Only occasionally hits the target.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 26, 2008
For critics of the war with an appetite for red meat, War, Inc. will prove filling, if not quite completely nourishing.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 13, 2008
A sprawling folly, this uniquely hellish war film has almost breathtakingly impressive (and busy) production values and is anchored by a memorably complicated performance from John Cusack.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 13, 2008
War, Inc. fires off dozens of lethal dialogue squibs like 'War is the improvement of investments using other means,' but it doesn't connect them into anything that can truly rattle an audience's complacency.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2008
Like so many satires in the Strangelove mold, this never comes close to working as a story, but its lampoon of U.S. imperialism and military privatization is so bracingly obnoxious I didn't really care.
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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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 13, 2008
War, Inc. has that provocateur's edge, and it's at least awake to the world around us.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 30, 2008
An overbearing lampoon of American war profiteering -- a comedy so leaden it could make a liberal hate liberal Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 23, 2008
It's a bewildering mix of very smart and very dumb, but the cast is tiptop.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
May 23, 2008
Somehow, what starts as a series of cheap shots in a barrel develops into something more, thanks largely to warm, engaging performances by Cusack and Tomei. War, Inc. is both right-on and somehow off, but it gets points for trying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
May 23, 2008
The overall experience is manic, juvenile, and hit-or-miss, as if the auteurs behind Epic Movie were trying to remake Wag The Dog.
| Original Score: D
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 23, 2008
Though it occasionally tries too hard, the fast-paced and sharply written War, Inc. is audacious and entertaining.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 23, 2008
The problem with gonzo moviemaking, in this case, is that nothing really adds up. What initially appears whimsical eventually seems sloppy. And when the bleeding heart kicks in, you feel betrayed.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 21, 2008
War, Inc. was non-directed by Joshua Seftel, who is to film direction what Marvel Comics is to classical literature. It was filmed in Bulgaria -- and they should never have allowed it out of the country.
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John Anderson
Variety
May 6, 2008
A blackly comic take on the first totally outsourced war? We're too close to being in one right now, which makes this John Cusack vehicle too close for comfort. It's also so close to being funny you can just about taste it -- just about.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 30, 2008
I love John Cusack, but I can't imagine what he was thinking as the star, producer and co-writer of the mind-boggling Iraq satire War, Inc.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 29, 2008
This well-intentioned satire is a regrettable misfire.
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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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2008
If Harold & Kumar feels deliberately dumbed down, War, Inc. tries too desperately to show off its intelligence.
| Original Score: 2/4