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  • Summary: Patricia Foulkrod's documentary feature includes exclusive footage that will stir audiences. The filmmaker's subjects are patriotic young Americans - ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq - as they experience recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities. (Focus Features) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    The documentary any American with an opinion on our involvement in Iraq owes it to his or her conscience to see.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    Both horrifying and hopeful.
  3. Foulkrod's film is not about taking a political side, though it is clear she is strongly opposed to the war in Iraq. Her focus instead is on the dehumanizing of eager young men and their transformation into killing machines.
  4. 80
    It's become a critical cliche to say that everyone in the U.S. should see a particular war documentary, but even the most selfish citizen might want to check out The Ground Truth, because unlike the Iraqi victims of the war, the American ones are all around us.
  5. Powerfully documents the human cost of the Iraq war.
  6. The details are eye-opening (or ear-opening, in the case of marching songs taught to the new Marines about slaughtering Arab schoolchildren), but soon Foulkrod's film backs itself into a Support Our Troops corner.

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  1. Mar 21, 2011
    0
    I wonder how the protagonists of this movie are regarded by the rest of the folks on active duty, and the vets. Who needs yet another tearjerker about some individuals not being able to handle the consequences of war ? Yes, war is terrible, yes, war kills innocents - what else is new ? What is the purpose of making your fellow soldiers look like child killers without a conscience ? I am in no way pro military, and I am against it neither. This is just way too biased. They should have try to make this movie more balanced. Expand

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