Generation Kill

  • Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 13, 2008
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 109 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 109
  2. Negative: 10 out of 109

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User Reviews

  1. ChalesJ.
    Jul 14, 2008
    3
    Nothing but retread of war movie cliches. Oh, most fit soldier is gay - wow how daring. nothing new, boring.
  2. Thom
    Mar 8, 2009
    3
    Deeply disappointing series, this. I only watched it in full because it was by the creators of the Wire, but whereas the Wire was the most brilliant series to be broadcast on television in a long time, this was a nothing but a sprawling, messy, cartoonish letdown.
  3. KeithA.
    Aug 20, 2008
    2
    This is an incredibly pathetic attempt to paint those in the armed forces as either incompetent, antisocial or inconceivably dumb. The point is clear: the writer doesn't like the war in Iraq. Ok, we get it. Thank God it's only seven episodes.
  4. BaroL.
    Jul 30, 2008
    2
    Mildly entertaining at times, but clearly created, written, and directed by people who have no idea how the military operates. The characters are the standard military cliche you would expect in a subpar series like this.
  5. 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 lines. So boooooooooooring.
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Kill pays both you and its subjects two solid compliments: It doesn't scream ''Take heed: This is a work of art!'' And it lets you form your own opinions about what its social commentary is.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    60
    You get the sense that the filmmakers' vision and Wright's are never quite in sync--or perhaps are in sync too perfectly.