Murph: The Protector

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  • Summary: A documentary about the honor, courage and commitment of Navy SEAL LT Michael P. Murphy, who gave his life for his men in 2005 and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2007.


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Daniel M. Gold
    Mar 22, 2013
    Murph: The Protector reminds us of the valor expended on distant front lines and the holes left at home.
  2. 75
    We’re reminded not just of sacrifice, but of those to whom service is a genuine calling and what that bandied-about word “hero” really means.
  3. Reviewed by: Sean O’Connell
    Dec 9, 2013
    The challenge for any filmmaker wanting to convey the personal tales of our nation’s armed forces likely lies in finding a narrative as compelling, relatable and sentimental as the one told in Murph: The Protector.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Mar 26, 2013
    Bringing a much needed personal perspective to a war that has claimed thousands of American lives, the film nonetheless suffers from a hagiographic quality that, from everything we hear expressed about its self-effacing subject, would have disturbed even him.
  5. Reviewed by: David Chute
    Oct 6, 2013
    The serviceable documentary Murph: The Protector could hardly fail to be an emotionally potent experience.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Mar 25, 2013
    Such an uncomplicated portrait may be faithful to Murphy...Yet, no matter its veracity, that veneration is the only point conveyed throughout, and in cinematic terms, it renders Murph: The Protector a one-note hagiography, no matter how convincing and affecting its portrait of unimpeachable courage.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Mar 22, 2013
    One wonders if the filmmakers ever asked themselves who their film was intended for, or if it was at least a consciously self-serving effort from the outset.