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Based on 13 Reviews
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    Jonathan Curiel San Francisco Chronicle

    The most disingenuous film of the year. A sham. Pathetic. Embarrassing. The people behind this movie, which was made in Afghanistan, should be ashamed of themselves. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The results are often exciting and, except for occa­sional overacting by Calil, feels authentic. But the whole notion of exploiting a war and its victims to shoot a commercial feature is reprehensible. show more

  • 40
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Actual footage of Afghanistan makes it an interesting experiment, but as a dramatic thriller, the story of an American documaker is not as taut or compelling as it could be; instead, it's often confusing and irritating. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The movie's heart is in the right place, but it looks and sounds regrettably bogus. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The film eventually collapses under the weight of its no-budget arrogance, but it goes some interesting places beforehand. show more

  • 40
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    In light of the recent plight of real New York City-based filmmaker Micah Garen, who was kidnapped and nearly executed while attempting to make a genuine documentary in Iraq, the whole endeavor seems simply foolish. show more

  • 40
    Film Threat

    Boasts some of the best filming seen in today’s so-called “dramatic documentaries,” but an unrefined script and frankly unbelievable ending keep it from becoming something better. show more

  • 60
    Lisa Nesselson Variety

    Gritty, engaging. show more

  • 30
    Ernest Hardy L.A. Weekly

    Intentionally blurs fiction and reality. show more

  • 30
    Laura Sinagra Village Voice

    The film outs itself as a shallow indie "Rambo." show more

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