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  • Summary: An investigative and powerfully emotional documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military, the institutions that perpetuate and cover up its existence, and its profound personal and social consequences.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
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  1. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jun 20, 2012
    91
    Though Dick focuses heavily on just a few women, The Invisible War builds to a stunning montage of victim after victim telling their story to the camera without pseudonyms or silhouettes.
  2. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jun 21, 2012
    83
    The intense interviews and damning statistics (20 percent of all female personnel have experienced sexual assault) do the work of whipping up outrage.
  3. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jun 25, 2012
    80
    The Invisible War might be best judged as a piece of activism, in which case it's already succeeding - after seeing the film in April, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta took the responsibility for sexual assault investigations away from commanding officers and put them in the hands of higher-ranking officials.
  4. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Jun 21, 2012
    75
    Make no mistake, this is advocacy cinema; interviews with Defense Department and military officials notwithstanding, there's not much effort, on Dick's part or anyone else's, to consider any point of view besides the victims' and those who love or speak for them. That's what makes it difficult to watch. And that's what makes it necessary.
  5. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 27, 2012
    75
    The film's implication, quite starkly, is that a strong military doesn't favor crybabies, that a certain degree of rape is unavoidable - and inevitably, that some women may have been asking for it. One hearing noted that the victim was dressed provocatively. In her official uniform.
  6. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Jun 28, 2012
    70
    Dick focuses on a handful of women who were sexually assaulted while on active duty, but they're only the tip of the iceberg; according to the film, which draws all its statistics from government reports, more than 20 percent of female veterans have been assaulted.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jun 19, 2012
    60
    These victims are now no longer invisible-an achievement that shouldn't be dishonorably dismissed.

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  1. Dec 9, 2012
    10
    This is the kind of documentary evidence that can't be disputed. Great to see this kind of thing being made to highlight such disgracefulThis is the kind of documentary evidence that can't be disputed. Great to see this kind of thing being made to highlight such disgraceful injustice. Very powerful but very honest. Doesn't need to embellish anything. Go to their website and join the fight for justice in anyway you can. There's a petition. Expand
  2. Nov 24, 2012
    8
    A powerful film that earns an eight rating due to the seriousness of the subject matter, the lack of common knowledge about this issue, and toA powerful film that earns an eight rating due to the seriousness of the subject matter, the lack of common knowledge about this issue, and to this viewer the recent shameful comments about the subject of rape made by certain pro-life politicians during the 2012 election. Watch this film and then decide if a raped women should be forced by law to have bring that zygote to term. Expand
  3. Nov 5, 2012
    8
    It's hard not to conflate the content with the film itself and its construction. I suppose with investigative documentary film-making, you canIt's hard not to conflate the content with the film itself and its construction. I suppose with investigative documentary film-making, you can name a project a success when the content has been investigated fully, when the process of creation advances the body of knowledge and understanding on the topic, when it is pieced together in a way that is coherent and yet, in a way that keeps you interested, pulls at the heartstrings and tells a fascinating real story. This film is a good investigative documentary. It is good for being the 21st century last resort for exposure on real issues that are ignored by systems in place. The craft is almost secondary but done well enough not to be noticeable or impeding. This is a film people should watch, particularly americans. It is a real eye opener not only from the incidences of sexual assault documented in the US military, but more importantly I feel, the effect this has on the ordinary people who do not deserve it, who literally have their psyches devastated. It is not an easy or fun watch, but an important one. Well put together and illuminating. Much respect to all involved in the project. This film will fill you with anger at the horrendous chauvinism, cultural violence and irresponsibility at the heart of one of american's biggest institutions. We are nowhere in this world without films, books, music that endeavour to improve us like this one does. Collapse
  4. Jan 4, 2014
    8
    These are the same people that are invading Muslim countries on the false charge of freeing women from the tyranny of the islamic headscarfThese are the same people that are invading Muslim countries on the false charge of freeing women from the tyranny of the islamic headscarf among other Expand

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