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  • Summary: The first documentary ever chosen to compete in the International Critics’ Week at Cannes (where it won the grand prize), Janus Metz’s Armadillo follows a platoon of Danish soldiers on a six-month tour of Afghanistan in 2009. An intimate, visually stunning account of both the horror and growing cynicism of modern warfare, the film premiered at the top of the box office in Denmark, provoking a national debate over government policy and the rules of engagement. (Lorber Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Apr 14, 2011
    100
    It's a brilliant work of cinema, a nonfiction film as intense and visceral as any drama, and an emotional and moral experience that feels horrifying and exhilarating at almost the same moment.
  2. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Apr 29, 2011
    91
    The combination of immediacy and intimacy in Armadillo is exceedingly rare.
  3. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Apr 12, 2011
    80
    If nothing else, Armadillo proves just how well "The Hurt Locker" captured the mixture of boredom, fear, brutality and locker-room machismo that makes up the day-to-day routine of a frontline soldier.
  4. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Apr 14, 2011
    80
    The achievement of this film is to forestall and complicate easy judgment. You emerge shaken and bothered, which may sound like a reason not to see the movie. It is actually the opposite.
  5. Reviewed by: Guy Dixon
    Jul 1, 2011
    75
    Armadillo is a work of stunningly difficult filmmaking, going out on patrol with the soldiers and diving for cover amid the pop of bullets and blasts of artillery.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Apr 14, 2011
    67
    For their part, the Danes are either having more of an adventure or covering up their trauma with chest-thumping braggadocio; almost to a man, they're ready to come back for more.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Apr 14, 2011
    50
    Armadillo tells us lots of things we shouldn't be so naïve as to think we don't already know. Maybe we need to see these things again and again, just so we don't lose sight of the costs and risks of the wars in which American and European soldiers are currently engaged.

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  1. Oct 26, 2012
    7
    This documentary helps to put some perspective on the war in Afghanistan, in that other countries have also sent their brave citizens off to fight what was our war. It is one thing to go off to revenge the attack on 9/11 if you are a US citizen, it is entirely another thing to take that step to defend an Allie. How anyone could watch this film and then call it boring is beyond me. Life in a war zone is endless boredom, interrupted but extreme terror, savage injuries, death, and exhilaration. This film did an excellent job or portraying that reality. Kudos to the cameraman who bravely went into battle with this forces. Expand
  2. Apr 27, 2011
    4
    better than restrepo but still a bore to watch. i'm sure the experience of war is harrowing but these documentaries are not. just like restrepo it shows a bunch of stereotypical military guys with superior training and weapons than their enemy, walking around accidentally killing livestock and the occasional civilian. inevitably they kill a few taliban and an IED blows up someone, but nothing changes. there's no sense of accomplishment. it plays out like nothing more than a pointless job, like working at mcdonalds. Expand

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