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Based on 19 Reviews
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  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    Make no mistake, this is advocacy cinema; interviews with Defense Department and military officials notwithstanding, there's not much effort, on Dick's part or anyone else's, to consider any point of view besides the victims' and those who love or speak for them. That's what makes it difficult to watch. And that's what makes it necessary. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Every adult who owes a debt of gratitude to American soldiers should see Kirby Dick's heartbreaking documentary about sexual violence in the military. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Kirby Dick's shocking investigation into widespread sexual assault in the U.S. military is an urgent call to action. show more

  • 80

    The Invisible War might be best judged as a piece of activism, in which case it's already succeeding - after seeing the film in April, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta took the responsibility for sexual assault investigations away from commanding officers and put them in the hands of higher-ranking officials. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film's implication, quite starkly, is that a strong military doesn't favor crybabies, that a certain degree of rape is unavoidable - and inevitably, that some women may have been asking for it. One hearing noted that the victim was dressed provocatively. In her official uniform. show more

  • 75
    New York Post

    For sheer infuriation value, you can't do much better than Kirby Dick's quietly scathing documentary on rape in the US military. show more

  • 75
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    Dick, whose films include a revealing expose about the movie industry's film ratings board, has created yet another galvanizing call to action with The Invisible War. show more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    Kirby Dick's spartan use of graphics and statistics conveys arguments with little grandstanding. show more

  • 63
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    Rules and regulations, which the military is very good at, are about behavior. Law is about justice. The Invisible War makes all too clear that the military isn't very good at justice. show more

  • 80
    Total Film

    Directed with straightforward economy, The Invisible War sheds much-needed light on a very dark secret. show more

  • June 25, 2012 mshabahang
    Report This User

    Well made and well researched. An eye opening documentary about the sexual abuse of women and men in the US military. I hope more people would see the movie to spreed the message and start a movement for change.

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