Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Few who see it will be sorry. Sometimes being humane means not being squeamish.
  2. Essential viewing for anyone who desires a sense of the finer human grain of a war that now commands the attention of the world as never before.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The film is informative, often grisly and undeniably riveting.
  4. 80
    A film that cannot, in the normal sense of the word, be enjoyed, but it can be endured in a spirit of tempered anticipation -- The movie becomes an anguished demand that the dream be fulfilled. [26 Nov 2001, p. 122]
  5. It is an excruciating experience. But then, it would have to be. We're watching the distilled essence of war.
  6. Like "Beneath the Veil," it gives a human face to those who have suffered from the Taliban's tremendous cruelty, and those who have been maimed in the war to end their rule.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    While the film is admittedly imperfect, it nonetheless deserves to be seen by all Americans to provide a clear understanding of what kind of a country we are currently at war within.

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