Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Straightforward and immensely powerful, the movie offers a blunt assessment of the war from soldiers currently fighting it, and their perspective is not pretty.
  2. 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.
  3. 70
    A powerful documentary about a squad of Army grunts patrolling the Iraqi city of Fallujah in late 2004.
  4. It's a movie with the exciting parts cut out.
  5. Scott and Olds' is an essential movie, and one of the year's very best.
  6. 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.
  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. 50
    Filmmakers Garrett Scott and Ian Olds offer a damning chronicle of failure and chaos.
  9. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    60
    Their stories add up to an unflattering picture of how the U.S. chooses its soldiers.
  10. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    50
    Misleadingly billed as a Fallujah documentary, Occupation: Dreamland covers a six-week period when not much was happening there.
  11. Reviewed by: Jessica Winter
    80
    Superb documentary.
  12. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    70
    Occupation: Dreamland presents a compelling study of composure and decency in the midst of overwhelming pointlessness.
  13. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    60
    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.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. zj
    Oct 2, 2005
    9
    Those looking for a shoot'em-up testosterone fix will be sorely disappointed. Instead, this movie documents the day-to-day experience of the everyman soldier, the irony being that even though no one in the unit dies during the filming, the whole exercise of the occupation nonetheless comes off just as pointless, misguided and ultimately tragic. Full Review »
  2. JeffS.
    Sep 27, 2005
    10
    Every American should see this film.
  3. AddyP.
    Sep 26, 2005
    3
    This film is advertised as "The Falluja Film", but it was filmed almost two years ago and has little to do with the two battles for Falluja--in April and November 2004. Viewer beware. It's pretty tame stuff, but offers some insight into the lives of ordinary US troops. Full Review »