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Based on 20 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Compelling and deeply disturbing. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The situation in The Situation is grimly photogenic, yet persistently opaque. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The Situation deserves credit for not trying to reduce the events in Iraq to facile equations. There is corruption and cynicism on all sides: the U.S. diplomats and military, the Sunni leaders, the thugs in cop uniforms, the local powerbrokers. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Shot in Morocco with hand-held cameras, the movie has the urgency of a heart attack. Clearly tilted against the war, and heavy on explanatory dialogue, it paints a bleak picture of a desperate country that is being exploited by extremists at the expense of the despairing citizens. The situation is dire. show more

  • 40
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Part war drama, part political thriller, part romance -- and wholly uninvolving. show more

  • 75
    Marta Barber Miami Herald

    The Situation is written by Wendell Steavenson, a reporter who served in Iraq, as a work of fiction. Its best quality is that the situation in Iraq appears to be sadly realistic. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    While not easy to watch, and at times even harder to follow, Haas' film is an important attempt to accurately capture the confusing reality of contemporary Iraq. show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Dividing its loyalties between documentary and fictional narrative, it lacks the advantages of belonging to either side. show more

  • 50
    Boston Globe

    Overall the concept is strong and expertly fleshed out; it's just a pity that Hollywood tropes are allowed to invade. show more

  • 58
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    An overstuffed, unengaging drama that makes time for a love triangle. show more

  • May 22, 2008 mfr65
    Report This User

    Dealing head-on with Bushs War with Samarra-set political thriller dissects Iraqi unrest and nails the neocons, The Situation, Philip Haass deftly paced, well-written, and brilliantly infuriating Iraq War thriller is not only the strongest of recent geopolitical hotspot flicks but one that has been designed for maximal agitation. This is the first fictional film of note to treat the conflict, and as such, it is filled with echoes of Vietnam (and Vietnam-era) movies. Haass Baghdad certainly doesnt look like Saigon but it has a sickeningly familiar feel. The Situation makes apparent how pitifully unintended and irrevocable those consequences are.

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