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  • Summary: The story of Hassan, a Pakistani engineering student in Paris who is apprehended by western intelligence services for suspected terrorist activities. After his interrogation, Hassan undergoes a radical transformation and embarks upon a terrorist mission, entering the United States to join a cell based in New York City. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Of all the feature films and documentaries to emerge since 9/11, few have been as bold, perceptive or as downright chilling as this thriller.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    One of the strongest--and sure to be controversial--films of the year, The War Within goes places that other films wouldn't dare go.
  3. 78
    It's thanks to Akhtar's standout performance that The War Within is as electrifying as it is.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Hampered by a mopey leading man.
  5. The War Within succeeds only as a thriller with some wartime overtones, rather than as a character study that thrills.
  6. Despite an admirable effort to explore topical concerns, both director and actor are obviously overwhelmed by the immensity of the subject matter.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    An honorable but failed attempt to dramatize the dynamics that propel a basically good man to become a suicide bomber, The War Within contains provocative points inside a dull package.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5