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. It is an excruciating experience. But then, it would have to be. We're watching the distilled essence of war.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The film is informative, often grisly and undeniably riveting.
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
  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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