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  • Summary: A decorated Marine officer unexpectedly returns home from the war and is quickly recruited to help a troubled teen prepare for boot camp, but when the true reasons for her return become known it threatens the future for both of them. (A Marine Story Movie)
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Nov 12, 2010
    70
    A Marine Story overcomes some flaws in continuity and superficial characterizations to drive home its underlying message about the injustice of "don't ask, don't tell" and the way the controversial policy deprives the military of born leaders. A worthy endeavor.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Nov 4, 2010
    70
    Ms. Weber (Mr. Farr's wife) anchors the movie with a gritty, honest performance that has the same to-the-bone quality as Melissa Leo's in "Frozen River." There's not a false note or inflection.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Nov 3, 2010
    40
    The film stumbles through rounds of ham-fisted melodrama.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Miller
    Nov 2, 2010
    30
    The movie becomes a lesbian amalgam of "Walking Tall" and "Billy Jack." Relentlessly clumsy and predictable, A Marine Story is set in late 2008, just as a new political breeze is blowing. But its abrupt, wishful postscript is still just a fairy tale.

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