Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. 70
    Home of the Brave isn't exactly a subtle or a delicate picture -- it's an old-fashioned Hollywood movie, at least in tone, that's being released like an indie -- but it has some terrific acting and comes straight from the heart.
  2. While Mark Friedman's script is as unsubtle as Winkler's direction, their sincerity and the subject's sharp immediacy lend the film a certain power.
  3. Timeliness is all very well, but the significant subject matter cries out for a defter directorial touch and a deeper complexity in regard to the characters and performances.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Starts with a bang and ends in a long, protracted whimper.
  5. 50
    Had Home of the Brave presented credible stories about believable characters, it might have been a powerful drama.
  6. Evenness of political keel, combined with a generic filmmaking style, is an artistic weapon way too puny for a successful assault on so tough, bruising, and crucial a subject.
  7. Home of the Brave is a milestone of sorts. But it's a formulaic, overacted piece of work that rarely delves deep.
  8. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    The movie's mild-mannerness is especially disappointing when compared with such documentaries as "The War Tapes" and the excellent "Home Front," vivid and incisive explorations of post-Iraq anger and disillusionment that have gone largely unseen by a disinterested public. If Americans are suffering from Iraq fatigue, Home of the Brave will do little to rouse them.
  9. The best thing about the movie is that it's interested in the soldiers, not the self-serving popinjays who seem to think the war is a big fat career-enhancing photo opportunity. The people who got shot at deserve most of the attention.
  10. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    As sincere as a three-legged puppy.
  11. As this cautious, politically evenhanded movie grinds along like clockwork, the fuse that should spark an emotional explosion fizzles after some sporadic hisses and sputters.
  12. 38
    The apolitical and well-meaning Home of the Brave is predictable and maudlin.
  13. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    By straining to make a respectful war film for everyone, Winkler and Friedman have wound up with a toothless picture that won't satisfy anyone.
  14. 33
    Whatever its model, the film is assembled from much poorer material, leftover parts of Lifetime movies and well-meaning indie films seen only on opening nights at some forgotten festival in Tampa.
  15. Starts well with the stirring spectacle of young men and women, members of a National Guard unit stationed south of Baghdad, struggling to do their duty in an alien land of unfathomable danger. Once they return, however, wounded physically or shattered spiritually, the film turns didactic, contrived and occasionally ludicrous.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. JasonB.
    Oct 22, 2007
    Home of the Brave is overly dramatic, cliché, terribly casted and nihilistic with moments of unintentional zaniness. Unbelievable on every level. I started cleaning my living room 3/4 of the way through. If I had paid to see this I would be even more upset. Full Review »
  2. CarmenS.
    Dec 9, 2006
    Don't expect too much war scenes in this movie. This movie look at the effects on our Iraq veterans from the "hearts" perspective. Good movie. It makes you realize what they gone through or going through. Full Review »
  3. NeilK
    Dec 7, 2006
    Sort of a mix between the VASTLY superior "Best Years of Our Lives" and an "ABC After School Special." It was OK... a film that may well be appreciated by the veterans of the Iraqi War and their families. Otherwise, SKIP IT. It just goes to show that if you have an Oscar, you can get an inexpensive film made... even with an obviously flawed and fixable script. Full Review »