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  • Summary: Sgt. Brandon King fought for America. He fought for freedom. He fought for his family. He gave everything, and then he came home to begin his life anew. But now his superiors want more: They want him back. (Paramount Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. 91
    Stop-Loss is a human story first and foremost, and Peirce and her stellar young cast ensure that the message never gets in the way of the storytelling.
  2. There's little time for nuance in Stop-Loss, and it doesn't deny any of the film's power to wish Peirce would occasionally slow things down enough to let her audience ponder what they're seeing.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    A relentlessly grim film.
  4. Despite several attempts, we're still waiting for the drama that convincingly captures the experienc of soldiers who've fought in Iraq. Stop-Loss" isn't that film, but at the very least its efforts are honorable.
  5. 60
    Stop-Loss is a bit uneven. Mixed messages abound.
  6. 50
    An earnest and well-meaning but disappointing failure.
  7. 25
    As phony as a re-enactment with finger pup pets.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. TylerS.
    Jul 23, 2008
    I thought this movie was truly moving and it kept drawing me in as a viewer, i would highly recommend this movie to any and all!
  2. EJ
    May 5, 2008
    Good and important movie. Little bit of a disappointing ending though, I believe if you are going to make a statement you should go all the way, and maybe the film makers thought they were doing that but it was ineffective and just showed that America won't back down from the mess they have gotten themselves into. Expand
  3. JosephB.
    Jul 8, 2008
    Any movie questioning the most disastrous move made by this reckless, unthinking administration, and Bush/Cheny have made many of them, is to be commended. I get sick to my stomach every time I see Bush in a photo-op with some poor soldier that lost his legs fighting in Bush's personal war, and I can't help thinking how Bush didn't even show up for his National Guard duty half of the time, and how Cheny got no less than five deferments to avoid serving in Viet Nam. Bush has done more damage to this country than any terrorist could ever hope to. But soon, this nightmare will be over and this country will start the healing process to recover from what will go down as the worst administration in the history of this country. Expand
  4. MattC.
    Mar 27, 2008
    Stop Loss is an MTV advertisement for indefinite movies, and convinced enough this motion picture will attain the Emmy
  5. JesterM.
    Jul 23, 2008
    Would someone please try to stop the loss of sense of giving a hoot! Not that the movie wasn't well acted, written, directed, and politically correct enough to make its way onto the order counter at Starbucks. But any points the movie may have earned have been overwhelmed by my complete and total ambivalence to the subject matter. I am the apathetic American audience member... and I actually agree with the political sentient expressed here. In fact, it's only when I read the goading reviews of my right wing friends here on this site, do I actually wish this movie had made a bigger impact. Expand
  6. ChrisW.
    Apr 1, 2008
    Stop Loss is a mess of a human drama, devoid of any sembelance of realistic interaction. The basic premise is good. Unfortunately Stop Loss needs more than just a bit of tweaking to pass for anything close to good. It needs to re-think itself entirely. The main problem that I found with the movie was that it seemed more concerned with informing the public about stop loss than telling a story. Much, if not most of the script was unbelievable, and the execution worse. Furthermore the conclusion was... well nonexistant really, leaving the audience unsettled, though not in the way the director undoubtedly intended. The three points I gave were simply for the attempt at a movie on so relevant a topic. Collapse
  7. JasonS.
    Mar 28, 2008
    Insulting to the military and military families.

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