Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Apr 3, 2014
    40
    The film has a very good idea in using a single soldier’s perspective to explore how tension and boredom can lead to such extreme misconduct, but it doesn’t go far enough, in the end leaving a disgraceful chapter just dimly illuminated in psychological terms.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Mar 28, 2014
    55
    Shot in New Mexico on a limited budget, Boys of Abu Ghraib is a credible depiction of the tedium, frustration and humiliation of wartime service. (Jack gets coated in human excrement not once but twice.) Naturalistic scenes of boxing, bantering and masturbation, set to a rap and hard-rock score, emphasize that these boys are young American everymen.
  3. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Mar 27, 2014
    30
    The film hardly scratches Abu Ghraib's surface.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Mar 27, 2014
    40
    Too by-the-numbers for the emotional impact to resonate as long as it could and should have.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Mar 3, 2014
    30
    Writer-director-star Luke Moran has his heart in the right place, and a clear compassion for soldiers thrust into impossible situations with no training, but he lacks the desire to steer his film in the honest direction this topic requires.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Mar 28, 2014
    38
    This is a story that still resonates in the way we deal with war, torture, and detainment camps. It demands depth.

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