Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    What little anti-war critique Peirce presents -- and she has it in her, which makes it all the more dubious -- gets trampled over by jingoistic Rambo porn.
  2. 25
    As phony as a re-enactment with finger pup pets.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. BillyS.
    Apr 2, 2008
    Who cares about the acting and accents and square dancing, when a movie about the War in Iraq within the first 10 minutes has the lead character saying "F**K the President" you're on to something! Unfortunatly, by the end, it all turns right back around to another We Are Americans and We Will Not Back Down, Bush worthy Rhetoric!!! Full Review »
  2. Jack
    Mar 24, 2008
    A simple minded embarrassment. I appreciate the notion of the film but the screenplay is just terrible - just a check list of war movie cliches. Very disappointing. Full Review »
  3. Jan 7, 2014
    War films are the speciality of Kathryn Bigelow which should stay so. It was a nice try of Kimberly Peirce, but nevertheless she should leave it to Bigelow and focus on movies like her best one "Boys Don't Cry". Full Review »