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Based on 28 Reviews
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  • 100
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    A film that must be seen to understand the sad truths of our times. It's been made with a sensitivity and creativity that's come to exemplify Winterbottom's work. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A riveting and disturbing documentary that falls short of greatness by not providing enough insight into the characters. It is mostly intent on inciting a sense of outrage in the viewer, and it succeeds. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Watching this mélange of journalism and dramatic license can be enthralling and maddening at the same time, because the ring of truth, which the film has, is not the same as the truth, which remains unknown. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Since the film does not include the testimony of U.S. military or neutral human-rights observers, it gives viewers no way to test the subjects' reliability as narrators. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The movie, shot digitally, begins as a not very compelling or particularly convincing road movie, and turns into a riveting prison drama. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A tough, compelling, must-see movie. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Questions the efficacy and, above all, the humanity of what even steadfast Bush supporters like Tony Blair have condemned. show more

  • 88
    Stephen Cole The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    As provocative as it is timely. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's a fervent, topical political drama of extraordinary impact and ferocity. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The film's insistence on the men's innocence is matter of fact. But it's also an urgent corrective to the suspicious eye the movies so often cast on Arabs and Islam. show more

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