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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 13, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics What's this?

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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 86 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Wire's David Simon produces this seven-part miniseries about the 2003 war on Iraq through the eyes of one Marine unit.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Generation Kill is rewarding in its complexity. It feels real - and that realness is bracing, sad and funny in equal measures.
  2. 100
    What Kill has to offer is clarity and clear-eyed empathy. TV's the better for it.
  3. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    90
    Colbert is the series' rock, and a straightman contrast to the constantly yammering Person, his driver. As the stoic enigma and the hopped-up smart-ass speed through the desert landscape, you could almost take Kill for a surreal road comedy.
  4. 80
    There is a near-perfect symmetry between the sensibility of Wright's book and the work of Simon and Burns.
  5. Meanwhile, some remarkable television has been made. To report on a new generation of young warriors raised on hip-hop, heavy metal, and video games, Wright went to Iraq as Michael Herr before him had gone to Vietnam, like Dante to hell with a cassette recording of Jimi Hendrix.
  6. Generation Kill, which has a superb cast and script, provides a searingly intense, clear-eyed look at the first stage of the war, and it is often gripping. But like a beautiful woman who swathes herself in concealing clothes and distracting hats, the series fights its own intrinsic allure.
  7. 38
    The end result of all that effort, however, is a miniseries that's as dull and throbbing as a severe headache.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
  3. Negative: 5 out of 39
  1. BuzzLightyear
    Jul 23, 2008
    10
    Careful adaptation from the book.
  2. Stevens
    Nov 28, 2008
    10
    This show accurately depicts being in the military from convoy operations to singing stupid songs out of boredom. Even the incompetence of This show accurately depicts being in the military from convoy operations to singing stupid songs out of boredom. Even the incompetence of superiors is captured perfectly. When I watch this show, I feel like I'm there. Like I'm at work with them. What they do on the show is exactly what we do. All the glory and coolness, all the questionable things war makes us do, the acts of atrocities and heroism is in hard to turn away from once you start watching. It superbly tells the story without fancy camera effects and a dramatic musical score. If the story is not fast enough or exciting enough for you, that's because it's pretty close to real life. Unlike the latest Hollywood action movie, real life moves at it's own pace. Excellent TV Show. Expand
  3. DianaD.
    Aug 31, 2008
    10
    Being a huge fan of "The Wire", I went into this miniseries having read every article and interview, watched every trailer and featurette I Being a huge fan of "The Wire", I went into this miniseries having read every article and interview, watched every trailer and featurette I could find about "Generation Kill". I admire and appreciate the lengths that David Simon and Ed Burns have taken to not compromise the truth, and to do justice to the real people being portrayed and their story. But the realism aside, this is simply great television, and terrific drama. The acting is excellent throughout, with what deserve to be breakthrough performances by Alexander Skarsgard and Stark Sands. Expand
  4. Mar 4, 2011
    10
    Have just finished viewing this here in Australia. I am not particularly drawn to military films but this was just brilliant. Once youHave just finished viewing this here in Australia. I am not particularly drawn to military films but this was just brilliant. Once you realised this was not a Hollywood drama which would have the key characters shot for drama sake - you could just sit back and absorb and be mesmerised by (as based on real events and characters) a true and fascinating depiction of the reality of modern day US war . It is clear by reading the reviews that people either "got it" or they didn't. I am now also a fan of Alexander Skargard who played Sgt Brad Colbert. I can't wait to see him in other productions. Expand
  5. May 22, 2012
    10
    As a former soldier I can say that it doesn't get more authentic than this. Best war-series of al time bar none. No prejudice, no convenientAs a former soldier I can say that it doesn't get more authentic than this. Best war-series of al time bar none. No prejudice, no convenient agenda, just a reconstruction of what these marines experienced. A refreshingly honest show. Expand
  6. RichA
    Nov 1, 2009
    9
    Honest, accurate, at times laugh-out-loud, but at the same time tragic... as good as, if not better in some ways, than "Band of Brothers". Cheers.
  7. MargaretD
    Jul 26, 2009
    0
    I can't believe these idiot reviewers. GK was the most vacuous TV I've ever seen. A total crock. Cliched characters and cliched I can't believe these idiot reviewers. GK was the most vacuous TV I've ever seen. A total crock. Cliched characters and cliched lines. So boooooooooooring. Expand

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