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Where Soldiers Come From Reviews

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September 4, 2011
It's not Heather Courtney's fault that PBS dishes out comfort food for the liberal elite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 7, 2011
A work that's less urgent and involving than its intense subject matter might have dictated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 22, 2011
The young men at the center of the film have obnoxious personalities and it takes a great deal of patience to follow their journeys.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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September 15, 2011
The documentary sometimes feels like the work of a filmmaker who began with a preconceived story and wasn't quite sure what to do with the one she actually got.
November 10, 2011
Director Heather Courtney's emotional and engrossing portrait of America's bravest.
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September 8, 2011
More than most documentaries on the subject, Where Soldiers Come From builds a world for these young men and watches it turn upside down, reframing itself slowly and painfully around the unforeseen consequences of snap decisions.
September 9, 2011
To see these children of waitresses, salon workers and fathers on disability burdened because they stepped up is humanizing and heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 11, 2011
Heather Courtney's poignant character-driven documentary presents a compelling argument that we should not send young Americans to war.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 10, 2011
The film can't help but feel unfinished, but perhaps it might've lent more privacy to these individual's demons (the difference between looking and seeing) and found more cause in their roots.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 17, 2011
An understated, delicately anthropological real-life coming-of-age tale. Not for all tastes, but these stories, alas, are the new back stories of many individual American tragedies and triumphs yet to be written.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 8, 2011
A hard-hitting documentary which poses the harrowing questions: Where are the soldiers who served in the Afghan war going and what will ever become of them?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 30, 2011
Courtney avoids all political posturing here, something rare in modern war documentaries. These are the guys, American kids. This is the war, it's awful. And this is what happens. In your own backyard.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 2, 2011
Courtney has crafted a visual tour de force as she links the idyllic small-town existence of the all-for-one warriors with the arid, untameable terrain of ugly conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 12, 2011
A low key but powerful expose' of the lingering effects of war---on a most personal level.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
September 9, 2011
In its compassionate, modest gaze, the real cost of distant political decisions is softly illuminated, as well as the shame of a country with little to offer its less fortunate young people than a ticket to a battlefield.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2011
One of the more valuable and compassionate entries to date in the ever-expanding catalog of documentaries inspired by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 9, 2011
Three friends from a small town in Michigan experience Army life and its after-effects in this plaintive, intimate documentary.
September 6, 2011
Much of what's presented is familiar territory, but it's the moments that fracture prejudices and expectations that stick with you.
September 7, 2011
[A] decent, if decidedly personal, look at small-town soldiers...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 9, 2011
A documentary reminiscent of Cimino's "The Deer Hunter" but without the demonization of the "bad guys" that marred that film.
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