Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Has an intimate, personal quality. Rather than showboating for the camera, the soldiers get to a deeper level, conveying a surprisingly reflective and aware sensibility.
  2. Straightforward and immensely powerful, the movie offers a blunt assessment of the war from soldiers currently fighting it, and their perspective is not pretty.
  3. Reviewed by: Jessica Winter
    Superb documentary.
  4. Scott and Olds' is an essential movie, and one of the year's very best.
  5. 70
    The greatest accomplishment of Occupation: Dreamland is showing those of us on the home front that it really is possible, Republican howling to the contrary aside, to support our troops without supporting the war itself.
  6. 70
    A powerful documentary about a squad of Army grunts patrolling the Iraqi city of Fallujah in late 2004.
  7. 70
    A fair-minded (but hardly apolitical) grunt's-eye view of the war in Iraq that trusts the audience to draw its own conclusions.
  8. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Occupation: Dreamland presents a compelling study of composure and decency in the midst of overwhelming pointlessness.
  9. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Their stories add up to an unflattering picture of how the U.S. chooses its soldiers.
  10. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Helmers Garrett Scott and Ian Olds offer a sympathetic look at the average Joe doing duty in hell -- as well as a sharp indictment of the Pentagon's cavalier support for the troops.
  11. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Misleadingly billed as a Fallujah documentary, Occupation: Dreamland covers a six-week period when not much was happening there.
  12. 50
    Filmmakers Garrett Scott and Ian Olds offer a damning chronicle of failure and chaos.
  13. It's a movie with the exciting parts cut out.

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