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Based on 17 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The documentary Hell and Back Again may be the closest most civilians ever get to the reality of the war in Afghanistan. show more

  • 88
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    A superb, violent, jarring and daring documentary. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    As vital as the best war chronicles to come out in recent years, this is one every American ought to see. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Danfung Dennis presents a powerful depiction of the horrors and daily violence of our ongoing war in Afghanistan. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    In its closing scenes, Hell and Back Again builds to an emotional and stylistic power that we didn't see coming. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Dennis's film attempts something few documentaries have: to inhabit the psyche of its subject. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Dennis refuses to push a political agenda down viewers' throats. But the message of his film -- a breathlessly paced look at the realities of war -- is clear: War and its aftermath are indeed hell. show more

  • 75
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    The film suggests that it doesn't really matter whether Harris ever gets back in uniform. He's forever carrying around a piece of unexploded ordnance in his head. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    Unlike most war documentaries, which tend to only skim the surface of its gun-toting subjects' lives, photojournalist Danfung Dennis's Hell and Back Again isn't content to merely capture warriors in combat. show more

  • 80
    David Parkinson Empire

    A tough but deeply rewarding watch. Search it out. show more

  • January 24, 2012 fa00000000064938
    Report This User

    I am rating on my respect for our troops and what they go through. What greater love for fellow man than to sacrifice yourself for others? Love & Respect for ALL of our Servicemen & Women. We can only guess what they see... no one knows but them.

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