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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    It's all a bit bizarre. One soldier tellingly calls it "one big reality TV show," and the movie never makes clear whether such training does any good. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The title, by the way, is age-old slang for a soldier's complete combat gear, which for the U.S. soldiers in Iraq -- both real and otherwise -- weighs over 50 pounds. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    It is up to each viewer to decide if the Mojave project is a stroke of genius or a very expensive boondoggle. show more

  • 80
    Andrew O'Hehir

    If Full Battle Rattle begins as surreal, almost goofball farce, with a bunch of beefy guys playing a fancy-dress version of laser tag in the desert -- aided by a bunch of rented Iraqis who'd rather be watching TV in suburbia -- it ends on an ambiguous and haunting note, much closer to tragedy. show more

  • 80
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    Gives a remarkably thorough and detailed account of the difficult conditions facing American soldiers in Iraq. show more

  • 70
    David Edelstein New York Magazine (Vulture)

    The film is freaky, amusing, and sickening in equal measures—part fly-on-the-wall vérité, part multiple-perspective Altmanesque tragicomedy. show more

  • 50
    J. Hoberman Village Voice

    Set off by sprightly graphics and shimmering with over-bright colors, Full Battle Rattle has a fake transparency. The movie arouses, without gratifying, a desire to see the camera. show more

  • 50
    Eddie Cockrell Variety

    A so-so pic on an incendiary subject, Full Battle Rattle follows the training regimen of one battalion during engagement and occupation in one of 13 fake "villages" comprising a massive Iraq simulation somewhere in the Mojave Desert. show more

  • 91
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    Full Battle Rattle works just fine as a two-fisted combat story, with unexpected bursts of violence peppering that old universal message that war is hell. show more

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