Where Soldiers Come From Reviews

November 10, 2011
Director Heather Courtney's emotional and engrossing portrait of America's bravest.
October 7, 2011
A work that's less urgent and involving than its intense subject matter might have dictated.
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.
Top Critic
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.
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.
September 9, 2011
To see these children of waitresses, salon workers and fathers on disability burdened because they stepped up is humanizing and heartbreaking.
Top Critic
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 7, 2011
[A] decent, if decidedly personal, look at small-town soldiers...
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.