Boys of Abu Ghraib


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Apr 3, 2014
    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
    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: Michael Nordine
    Mar 27, 2014
    Too by-the-numbers for the emotional impact to resonate as long as it could and should have.

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