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  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Hard to watch but important to see. show more

  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    While My Country, My Country is hardly an exhaustive depiction of its subject, it provides much in the way of material and perspectives previously unexposed. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Poitras boldly dispenses with the traditional documentary voice-over, but her film is filled with telling moments that are far more eloquent than any scripted narration. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    A sobering documentary. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The subject of Iraq haunts and divides us so much these days that a film like Laura Poitras' documentary My Country My Country is valuable, no matter its level of achievement. show more

  • 50
    New York Post

    Even on that happy 2005 election day, which was so successful that it led to a December round of elections in which the Sunnis did participate, Poitras takes a break to show us a close-up of someone slitting the neck of a rooster. show more

  • 78
    Steve Davis Austin Chronicle

    Even the most ardent of neoconservatives might find this intimate and nuanced documentary about life in occupied Iraq difficult to shake – all politics aside, it is the human element that ultimately defines a nation as a people. show more

  • 100
    Sean Axmaker Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    When Riyadh's family jokes about the purple stain that marks them as resistance targets after they vote, the black humor speaks volumes about them as individuals, as Sunnis and as Iraqis with a dream of a better way. show more

  • 67
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Though the events have a rambling overfamiliarity, there's a real story between the lines: the resentment over the U.S. occupation on the part of non-insurgent Iraqis. show more

  • 90
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice

    It seems easily the most valuable piece of film to emerge about the war in all of its three-plus years. show more

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