The War Tapes

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Candid, eye-opening footage gives viewers a close-up -- and educational -- look at the experiences of American soldiers in Iraq, a viewpoint not normally seen.

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Uses footage shot by three members of the National Guard deployed in Iraq. Sergeant Steve Pink is a wisecracking carpenter who aspires to be a writer. Sergeant Zack Bazzi is a Lebanese-American college student who loves to travel and is fluent in Arabic. Specialist Mike Moriarty is a father who seeks honor and redemption. Part journal, part jokebook, part witness, the film offers a view of war rarely seen from the inside out. We learn what the soldiers are thinking every step of the way, from their views on the media's coverage of Operation Iraqi Freedom to how they miss loved ones back home.

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All Critics (65) | Top Critics (28)

  • The unnerving documentary is all the more necessary, and all the more shocking, in its immediacy.

    Mar 14, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • They expected tension; what they didn't expect was to serve out their year-long deployment as, essentially, the world's most targeted grocery store security.

    Jul 2, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • This is an important film, but be prepared for shocks.

    Oct 20, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Arguably the most vital and eye-opening documentary yet made regarding the United States' current military entanglement.

    Oct 12, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film succeeds because of its refreshingly low-key emotional approach and its refusal to impose character arcs or political agendas on its subjects' footage.

    Oct 12, 2006
  • The film is one of the most urgent and immediate nonfiction works we may ever see.

    Sep 22, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

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