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Based on 30 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 13 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It isn't elegiac, but enraged. It doesn't look back with sorrow, but forward in dread. And it's made with a clear intention - to stop the Iraq war. show more

  • NA
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The Americans are portrayed with varying degrees of loathsomeness, but there's not much variety in the film. It's all an awful aberration. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    DePalma's movie offers its own doctoring and processing, without delivering an ounce of real humanity - good or bad - in the bargain. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Like "Lions for Lambs," Redacted is more significant in its sense of purpose than its uneven execution. show more

  • 90
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    De Palma's screenplay is outstanding, and he draws wonderfully naturalistic performances from his youthful cast. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The result of the film is shocking, saddening and frustrating. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    De Palma is extreme, visceral, usually in bad taste but almost always riveting. De Palma's Redacted, a no-budget fake documentary that imagines the circumstances behind a real rape and murder of a civilian girl committed by US troops in Iraq, is a piece of anti-war propaganda whose aims I don't agree with, but it jolted me nonetheless. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The film is by turns strident, obvious, righteously angry and inspired. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Love it, hate it, but be sure to watch it, because this odd and disturbing picture is as different as the war it reflects, and that difference is vast enough to seem profound. show more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune

    Like so many of his movies, Redacted is difficult to watch but queasily fascinating. show more

  • May 22, 2008 btchristman
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    As a soldier who has ACTUALLY been to Iraq. This story is a work of pure political propaganda very, VERY simular to what al qaeda produced and passed around via internet and in the neiborhoods of Iraq. Hollywood is very afraid to tell tell the truth because their world would fall apart very much like the fiction in this story. Hollywood loves war, they profit from the blood of my brothers and sisters spilt they fabricate a story when it doesn't fit thier socialist views and agenda. They are quick to denounce a war but are quicker to produce a movie about the war and defile the soldiers, marines, sailors , and airmen who serve. They need to remember with out thier sacrifice Hollywood is NOTHING!!

  • May 22, 2008 lrolirad
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    Face it, republicans LOVE WAR. They not only love war, they lust for it. When their moronic leaders utter innane and traitorous comments to the enemy like "Bring em on" republicans all lap up such slogans and foam at the mouth in anticiaption of more and more deaths. The Bush Regime is the most secretive one in the history of the United States, but republicans applaud a government which ignores its citizenry and which is in love with corrupt corporate criminals who are making hundreds of billions of dollars off of the deaths of almost 4000 dead American soldiers and almost a million innocent Iraqi people. Republicans do not see grey in their lives. They only are capable of seeing black and white. That is because in order to see the greys in the world it requires intelligence and wisdom, which they do not possess. Every republican who supported and voted for Bush and his corporate cronies are just as guilty of murder of 4000 American troops and 1,000,000 innocent Iraqis as their evil and corrupt leaders. The republican party is the greatest threat to the United States since it was founded. Since 9/11 Bush has allowed 12 million illegal aliens to invade our country. Since it only took 19 terrorists to cause so much havoc and death on 9/11 there are certainly at least 19 terrorists among that 12 million Bush allowed to walk into our country. Bush said that he would do anything to defend the US but he is a LIAR. Bush is a fraud and not one republican has the intelligence to see through the corrupt and evilness in their party of parasites who have caused a million times more damage to the US than any terrorist could ever do. Wake up people, the enemy to this once great country is the republican party.

  • May 22, 2008 jeatroff
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    The film was very powerful and showed war as being the ugliest aspect of humanity. War is not a "team sport" like many politiicians portray it. Innocent people are brutally kiilled and tortured in all wars. The moment a person thinks that their "side" is the "right side" they become vulmerable to all the atrocities. That is the reality. I applaud Mr. De Palma for his effort to remind people that war is not a board game followed by a parade. It is death and it is pain.

  • May 22, 2008 CompaJuan
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    This movie brings us the reality of war, there is nothing glorious about it, It is dirty, cruel, based on interest, humiliation and vengeance driven, not glory, not democracy, not freedom, not reconstruction but destruction and subjugation, the very proof of that is the vatican size mega US embassy complex being built in Baghdad, a castle fit for our viceroy and a blunt message not only to iraqis but to the region as a whole, while their whole infaestructure is in shambles...

  • May 22, 2008 suncalgal
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    I love films and see most all of them, good or bad .. but this was hideous and too frightful, proving the hate within our country fostered by too many liberals without a conscience. By the way this review is from a Southern California grown female who grew up in Bev Hills and Hollywood and lives here still. Now you know why Arnold got elected when Hollywood was against him ... there are a lot of Republicans and moderates who don't follow the left but we just don't tell them ... thus this film and the Lamb one with Cruise and Redford is likewise a bomb. I know Redford very well, I like others, learned long ago to vote privately and stay silent when we can't win. Now that Streisand is coming out for Hillary, it's for sure she won't win. None of us like Barbara .. not even a little.. she's a and well known for her rude and crude ways .. she's the one who gets the minimum wage worker fired when she doesn't like anyone looking at her .. ask the Veneitan and the MGM in Vegas .. ask their employes .. that's her .. not impressed .. we'll not see these two bad movies .. and they will fail

  • May 22, 2008 xcmc3600
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    as well as the previews looked, this low-budget fictional documentary actually had no insightful messages; not to say it didn't have any commentary, but simply unmoving and uninspiring preaching for any socially educated person above the age of 13

  • May 22, 2008 lfhsclassof67
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    The comments I have seen are what is unAmerican. The credit for all the deaths, military and civilian - past present and future - does not go to the people telling the story. It goes to the people who decide that war is the way to achieve peace. Thie movie need way better distribution and publicity.

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  • May 22, 2008 boslager86
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    This is the first war in which Hollywood movies such as Redacted can be used by our enemies for propaganda, to recruit suicide bombers and demoralize our troops. I hope that DePalma and Cuban take credit for these consequences and any american blood, military or civilian, that is spilled over this movie. I hope that the good people of Dallas, and Texas at large,make Mark Cuban pay for this treason. What a sorry excuse for an American!

  • May 22, 2008 Sonny9257
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    This movie is just latest effort of the Hate America crowd, where Hollywood Elites, go out of their way to use their best efforts to create even more enemies for us, and the innocent deaths cause by all of this collaterial damage should be laid directly at the Doorsteps of Brian DePalma and Mark Cuban. I would just wish that when the Enemies of America come to spread death


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