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Based on 31 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Reveals one mystery, only to reveal another that it can't quite penetrate. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It may be the most disturbing film you'll see in a long time. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    In presenting their testimony to the jury of public opinion, Morris would seem to be building a case for absolving some of them of mistreatment charges and implicitly asking for an investigation of those who were not charged. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Morris mixes piercing sit-downs with disturbing evidence. Though soldiers, including the notorious Lynndie England, express remorse, it's haunting to hear how several prisoners were "nice guys" or known to be innocent, yet no connection is made between those remarks and the images of torture. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Too narrowly focused. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Disturbing, analytical and morose. This is not a "political" film nor yet another screed about the Bush administration or the war in Iraq. It is driven simply, powerfully, by the desire to understand those photographs. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    No matter how slick and questionably appropriate Morris's style may be, the content is compelling. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    In Standard Operating Procedure, Errol Morris does something inconceivable and, at first glance, ill-advised. He gives the US soldiers of Abu Ghraib back their humanity. show more

  • 88
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    It's distinctly Morrisean, as it were, and seeing his style applied to subject matter with which one is already somewhat familiar makes one... well, question the style a bit. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    It also leaves you pondering what you would have done if you had been one of the soldiers stationed there, fighting in an increasingly loony and surreal war. There but for the grace of God, and all that. show more

  • January 29, 2013 chaslavd
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    From liberating Auschvitz to liberating Abu Graib from ourselves... Congratulation!

  • May 22, 2008 gina mo
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    I have always felt that these inmates were questioned in there own language ************ of time. At least some interagation went on. It is really doubtful that someone at the top did not know how the prison inmates were being treated. It is an unfortunate comment on the honor and integrity of our military and political leadership. The more probable scenario is that certain people at the top felt this type of treatment was adventagious

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