The Blood of My Brother

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  • Summary: The Blood of My Brother tells a story of the war in Iraq from a perspective rarely seen. The primary point of view is Iraqi -- a family grieving at the tragic death of its eldest son. (LifeSize Entertainment and Releasing)

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 75
    Combines an insider's perspective with what can only be described as gutsy cinematography.
  2. 70
    Though Mr. Berends strays too often, he does so down some compelling paths. His material is intimate and hair-raising, granting us rare access to scenes inside mosques, at a Shiite militia rally and in homes under fire.
  3. While the film loses focus along the way, it has enough moving and powerful moments to make it a worthy entry in an increasingly crowded genre.
  4. 67
    Whatever The Blood Of My Brother's journalistic weaknesses, it's valuable as yet another view of what may end up being the most thoroughly documented war ever waged.
  5. 63
    Attempts at balance through interviews with unidentified U.S. soldiers is halfhearted at best. In the end, Berends sacrifices coherence for the sake of a story he's determined to tell, rather than focusing on the one that's practically telling itself.
  6. This at-times harrowing, occasionally unfocused film is a case study of one of hundreds, if not thousands, of stories of Iraqi civilians to whom the war has hit home and left holes in families. It makes you rue the most indelicate of all combat euphemisms - "collateral damage."
  7. 50
    Despite some remarkable unembedded footage, Andrew Berends' is yet another disappointingly superficial, unfocused and one-sided documentary on the conflict in Iraq.

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