Stop-Loss

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 55 Ratings

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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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Score distribution:
  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. It’s ironic that Stop-Loss loses its momentum when the characters go on the road. Yet Rasuk--the star of "Raising Victor Vargas"--gives a stunning performance.
  4. Someone watching Stop-Loss with younger eyes might feel the heat of the main soldier's dilemma more than I did, but I couldn't help thinking director Kimberly Peirce was presenting us with abstract ideas in the forms of half-realized characters.
  5. 60
    In the end, Stop-Loss's evening-news topicality proves both an asset and a liability--an irresolvable structural conundrum. Simply put, the film so effectively reconstitutes those Vietnam-homecoming touchstones that we can anticipate its every move well before it makes them.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    50
    A wildly uneven drama, by turns sincere and synthetic.
  7. 25
    As phony as a re-enactment with finger pup pets.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 8 out of 27
  1. TylerS.
    Jul 23, 2008
    9
    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
    9
    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 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. Oct 18, 2015
    8
    Vivid and sad account of how war affects the minds and lives of young men! I thought the main three characters Ryan Phillipe, Channing Tatum,Vivid and sad account of how war affects the minds and lives of young men! I thought the main three characters Ryan Phillipe, Channing Tatum, and Joseph Gordon Levitt put in stellar performances. This movie sometimes tough to watch their struggles, brought me to think of my own loved ones and what they have endured during their service to our country! If you have friends or family that served, I would highly recommend you watch this movie as it may bring to light the price they paid. Expand
  4. JayH.
    Jul 1, 2008
    6
    Well constructed film, but I did find it a little hard to get involved in. Fine performances all around, a very good score, well edited and Well constructed film, but I did find it a little hard to get involved in. Fine performances all around, a very good score, well edited and photographed. Believably told, goo character development, but it just lacks something. Expand
  5. Jan 7, 2014
    5
    War films are the speciality of Kathryn Bigelow which should stay so. It was a nice try of Kimberly Peirce, but nevertheless she should leaveWar 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". Expand
  6. Jack
    Mar 24, 2008
    3
    A simple minded embarrassment. I appreciate the notion of the film but the screenplay is just terrible - just a check list of war movie 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. Expand
  7. JasonS.
    Mar 28, 2008
    0
    Insulting to the military and military families.

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