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Based on 15 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Starts well with the stirring spectacle of young men and women, members of a National Guard unit stationed south of Baghdad, struggling to do their duty in an alien land of unfathomable danger. Once they return, however, wounded physically or shattered spiritually, the film turns didactic, contrived and occasionally ludicrous. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    While Mark Friedman's script is as unsubtle as Winkler's direction, their sincerity and the subject's sharp immediacy lend the film a certain power. show more

  • 60
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Timeliness is all very well, but the significant subject matter cries out for a defter directorial touch and a deeper complexity in regard to the characters and performances. show more

  • 50
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Starts with a bang and ends in a long, protracted whimper. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Had Home of the Brave presented credible stories about believable characters, it might have been a powerful drama. show more

  • 38
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    The apolitical and well-meaning Home of the Brave is predictable and maudlin. show more

  • 38
    Ethan Alter Premiere

    By straining to make a respectful war film for everyone, Winkler and Friedman have wound up with a toothless picture that won't satisfy anyone. show more

  • 50
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Evenness of political keel, combined with a generic filmmaking style, is an artistic weapon way too puny for a successful assault on so tough, bruising, and crucial a subject. show more

  • 50
    Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor

    Home of the Brave is a milestone of sorts. But it's a formulaic, overacted piece of work that rarely delves deep. show more

  • 70
    Andrew O'Hehir

    Home of the Brave isn't exactly a subtle or a delicate picture -- it's an old-fashioned Hollywood movie, at least in tone, that's being released like an indie -- but it has some terrific acting and comes straight from the heart. show more

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