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War Machine Reviews

March 28, 2018
It's hard to get past the feeling that there had to be a better movie there.
July 1, 2017
Pitt's ridiculous, wildly over-the-top performance somehow keeps it all together.
June 9, 2017
War Machine is a failure, but could perhaps have been a great film if it had tried a little harder to pick a tone.
June 5, 2017
It's funny and sad and weary and wise, which feels just about right for now.
June 5, 2017
A messy, troubling and strangely enjoyable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 5, 2017
A strong cast, including Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, Alan Ruck, Ben Kingsley, Meg Tilley and Scoot McNairy round out the impressive ensemble and help this satire land its blows.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 5, 2017
It's sort of fascinating to watch Pitt aim for something close to George C. Scott's hyper-confident Gen. Buck Turgidson from the Stanley Kubrick 1964 Cold War classic "Dr. Strangelove.
June 5, 2017
The absolute absence of intimacy, of psychology, of characters' self-revelation in thought and desire, is a failure of form and style as much as of content.
May 26, 2017
Brad Pitt pushes the role of a rogue general too far into caricature and defangs the film by forgetting that world leaders and policy wonks don't mean a thing if they're not flesh and blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 26, 2017
A muddled satire about the war in Afghanistan awkwardly forced to camouflage its lead character behind a pseudonym.
May 26, 2017
A film that veers wildly from war movie to character drama to satire to history piece to a blended gray of nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 26, 2017
I wouldn't be surprised if some observers say Pitt made huge miscalculations in his acting choices with the result being the worst performance of his career - but I found it to be a brazenly effective piece of work, well-suited to the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 26, 2017
It's broad (sometimes cartoonishly so) and a bit all over the place, but it still manages to occasionally sting and leave a welt.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 26, 2017
An uneven satire boosted by a larger-than-life performance from Brad Pitt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 26, 2017
Brad Pitt stars as the deluded but determined four-star US army general Glen McMahon in this satire on the late days of the war in Afghanistan.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 25, 2017
Pitt's oddly jokey performance as General Glen McMahon tends to overwhelm everything going on around him. That's too bad, because this anti-war satire has barbs a'plenty for pride, ignorance and the American can-do spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 25, 2017
For all its biting political satire, and cogent military analysis, War Machine is an antiwar movie that is profoundly pro-warrior.
Top Critic
May 25, 2017
In the Trump era, the dysfunction of the modern military machine feels quaint.
May 25, 2017
At its best, "War Machine" crackles with irreverent wit, even if American political craziness circa 2009 looks tame compared with the 2017 version.
May 25, 2017
Examples of absurdly misguided thinking--on the part of the U.S. military and the government--stack up quickly, and Mich˘d tracks it all with a sly wink.
May 25, 2017
Pitt's always at his best when he throws off the too-serious mantle of Romantic Hero, and he seems to be having a ball here. Too bad the screenplay seems to lose interest in him halfway through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 25, 2017
An assured, nervy black satire on America's involvement in Afghanistan and on one particular soldier, commander of U.S. forces and four-star Gen. Glen McMahon, a.k.a. Big Glen or the Glenimal.
May 25, 2017
The tone of War Machine is overwhelmingly smug ... but the film is short on specific targets and its reading of the state of modern war is as dry as sand.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 24, 2017
That War Machine is not a better movie is particularly unfortunate given how well-timed it is.
May 24, 2017
It appears to focus on an massive subject, only to reveal a much more understated approach; the general may think he's fixated on the glories of the battlefield, but he's actually a victim of the hapless, protean system sustaining its existence.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 23, 2017
This might not be the classic modern military satire that we needed, but it is a start -- and an unflinching one at that.
May 22, 2017
What's most dispiriting about War Machine is that you can sense the satire it wants to be - and could have been - but never becomes.
May 22, 2017
Not funny enough to be satire, not realistic enough to count as political commentary, not exciting enough to work as a war movie, David Mich˘d's supposedly Helleresque romp ... is an imperfect non-storm of unsuccess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 22, 2017
What follows is meant to function as a feature-length dressing-down of a self-important general, but someone has pulled "War Machine's" teeth, assuming the movie ever had them to begin with.
May 22, 2017
This material seems better suited to moral satirists like the Coens, people who can simultaneously respect McMahon's ideals and rue his actions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 22, 2017
War Machine has trouble maintaining a steady tone, but its climactic, sobering assault ultimately hits the target.