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The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez Image
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  • Summary: José Antonio Gutierrez was one of the 300,000 soldiers sent by US Army to war in Iraq. A few hours after the war began, his picture was broadcast all over the world: he was the first American soldier to be killed in the war. He was there as a so-called 'green-card soldier' -- one ofJosé Antonio Gutierrez was one of the 300,000 soldiers sent by US Army to war in Iraq. A few hours after the war began, his picture was broadcast all over the world: he was the first American soldier to be killed in the war. He was there as a so-called 'green-card soldier' -- one of approximately 32,000, fighting in the ranks of the US Army for a foreign country. (Atopia Distribution) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    70
    One of those docs that takes the life of an individual and surrounds it with other people's stories that are just as absorbing.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    70
    Mournful and engrossing, the film traces Gutierrez's life through the people he knew and the places he lived.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    70
    Sensitively and methodically tells the story of the first U.S. soldier killed in the 2003 Iraq invasion.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    50
    Although Ms. Specogna's film fleshes out his life to the extent that it can -- leaning heavily on still photographs and interviewing loved ones, social workers and fellow Marines -- the portrait remains frustratingly incomplete.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Miller
    50
    With only a few letters and family photos, director Heidi Specogna never brings her subject to life.