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  • Summary: This documentary reveals the complex realities of the situation in Iraq not seen on the nightly news. Told first-hand by our troops, Gunner Palace presents a thought provoking portrait of a dangerous and chaotic war that is personal, highly emotional, sometimes disturbing, surprisingly amusing ... and thoroughly fascinating. (Palm Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Illuminating, disturbing, evenhanded.
  2. 88
    A riveting and indispensable record of the war in Iraq because it comes from the men who lived it.
  3. A striking new documentary that shows the war in a way it's not been seen before: from the ground up.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Put together by Tucker and his co-director/editor wife Petra Epperlein without a hint of artifice, docu offers up its sounds and images bluntly, and they are very much sounds and images worth having as part of the record.
  5. 70
    For the soldiers, it's about living to see the next day and living with the things they see, and Gunner Palace honors their perspective like no other Iraq documentary has to date.
  6. Provides an intimate, nonpoliticized, uncensored and totally unappealing look at the lives of U.S. soldiers serving during a grim and uncertain period of insurgency.
  7. Gunner Palace too often makes the grunts look like mean slackers -- precisely the opposite, one presumes, of what was intended.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13