Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Illuminating, disturbing, evenhanded.
  2. 100
    At the very least, it's more honest and involved in its portraiture of American soldiers in Iraq than anything TV news of any political persuasion has given us.
  3. 90
    A nerve-jangling work of visual poetry and ironic juxtaposition, and a powerful human story of a group of brave young Americans.
  4. Rousing, provocative film.
  5. 88
    A riveting and indispensable record of the war in Iraq because it comes from the men who lived it.
  6. 88
    A ground-level documentary, messy and immediate, about the daily life of a combat soldier in Iraq. It is not pro-war or anti-war.
  7. The ironies and contradictions that give the first half a dark humor give way to gravity and respect as soldiers are killed (off camera).

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