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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Its truths are personal. It means to shake you. And does. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A privileged glimpse into people's private pain, a drama shot with the simplicity and immediacy of a documentary. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    This heart-rending tale also is a mesmerizing one because of several superb performances, particularly those of Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    For all the film's gritty verisimilitude, The Messenger is not the great Iraq War movie that Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" is. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Feels more respectful than real. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Moverman adopts a functional directing style that gives full rein to the actors' impressive performances. show more

  • 85
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Messengers with the worst possible message, they nonetheless manage to be human and alive, humorous and lively. In a film that itself bears such sad tidings about the costs of war, that is an affirming, even an inspiring, gift. show more

  • 100
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    "The Hurt Locker" may be getting all the attention and awards but The Messenger is at least as good and perhaps, given its delicate handling of a sensitive subject, even better. show more

  • 100
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    It's a tremendously moving drama, filled with heartbreak, humor and, more importantly, humanity. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is a writer's picture, no less than a visual experience that approaches its subject as tactfully as the messengers do. No fancy camerawork. It happens, we absorb it. show more

  • February 02, 2011 GDitalia992
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    This movie was amazing; it is probably one of the best movies that I have seen in a long time. It has so much emotion that you can almost feel what the characters are feeling. Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson both give an incredible performance.

  • June 21, 2010 maloned1
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    I liked it more then The Hurt Locker. I cared more about these characters. I was emotionally invested. I thought the Hurt Locker was a little cliche. It was good, but not great. I really didn't care about the main character in the Hurt Locker. I felt like it was the same re-hashed story of the soldier that likes war a little to much. But The Messenger takes a different approach to the Shell Shocked Soldier. This is not a war movie. But it has it's affects all over it. It really made me connect and feel what these characters were going through. They were experiencing their own post traumatic stress disorder after every message they delivered. They were already scared by their past, so their job add in creating these multi-layered characters. I recommend it.

  • June 03, 2010 jackd1207
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    BAD! Poor character development, weak story, and poor acting. Want me go on?

  • December 01, 2009 CalNYOffice
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    I think this is possibly one of the greatest non-combative war films of all time. Ben Foster's character's struggle between a soldiers duty and his humanity is a tense but beautifully developed conflict that he is constantly struggling with. The cinematographer did a great job showing the isolation of Foster's character through the use of shadows and framing. The relationship between him and Woody Harrelson captures the dependency of companionship, especially for those returning from war. Great film, I hope to see more films with the courage that The Messenger has.

  • June 23, 2009 hhigan
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    I just saw this movie at The Nantucket Film Festival....I've been trying to come up with the right words to give this movie justice. When you leave a movie and you feel so moved you want other people to experience it. but don't know quite how to do it...The feeling and depth and what soldiers do for our country and the family of the soldiers that die in the line of combat....and the heartbreak they go through when they learn of the death of their Husband, Wife, daughter, son..sister,brother. family member. Get 's you a little closer to what war is really about .... I wish I could explain my thoughts better but just know that it left a real impact in my life. I encourage you to see the movie where ever it comes out....and if its not at your local theaters....ask for it to be shown. Helen

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