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Based on 28 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This documentary succeeds triumphantly on so many levels that its full impact doesn't hit you until you have time to register its aftershocks. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    By the way, The Tillman Story has an R rating because of language. Think about that one, too: Lies are rated G and can be heard around the clock on television, but try saying the truth with the proper force and you end up with a restricted audience. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The Tillman Story is a probing examination of truth, decency and the American way. It also explores deception and military propaganda and lays bare the ravages of grief. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Where the film shines is in its vivid and affecting portrait of Tillman himself. Instead of the square-jawed hero memorialized by the army and lionized by the news media, we get to know a man of many gifts for many seasons. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Bar-Lev tells Tillman's story "Rashomon"-style, incorporating multiple perspectives on Tillman's politics (left-liberal), religion (atheist), and personal relations (he married Marie, his first and only girlfriend). Still, it is a documentary with more details of how he died than how he lived. show more

  • 100
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Mary's search drives The Tillman Story, and throughout this taut, true epic, we see a smart, sometimes angry, always loving family find their destiny: to speak truth to power, to call wartime myths what they are and to show how the American character is not about blind obedience. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Capably narrated by Josh Brolin, Amir Bar-Lev's penetrating and vital documentary goes beyond tracking the Tillman family's investigation into Pat's death to question the motives of commanding officers and higher-ups. show more

  • 85
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    The Tillman Story isn't designed to be a shockeroo exposé; it's more a slow, steady rumble of anger and dismay at what the U.S. military, and the government, can get away with in the name of public relations, as if PR - and not human lives - were the most important consideration during wartime. show more

  • 90
    Bob Mondello NPR

    The Tillman Story is ferocious filmmaking, but it wouldn't have half the force it does if the director didn't also get at the complicated man Pat Tillman was. show more

  • 100
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    It is enraging yet nuanced, an elusive combination for any documentary. show more

  • July 31, 2011 Susan
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    What a wonderful family. The truth must come out soon. Everyone deserves to know what truly happened.

  • December 26, 2010 skyhigh139
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    This movie has opened up alot more questions than have answers to them. The why, who and when are never really quite clarified in this doc-movie. No question Pat Tillman is one of the most courageous, patriotic americans that has ever graced U.S. soil. But the film itself only glimpses possible fratricide scenarios and the reasons that this could have taken place. Don't think that for one moment he wasn't terminated though. But WHY?

  • October 15, 2010 vandalwfs
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    This " movie" is just another Progressive attempt to blame conservatives for EVERYTHING!!!! Pat Tillman is a hero and this "movie" is a disgrace to his memory. It is a Michael Moore type mockcumentory of how those on the left view the world and conservatives. It's a waste of time and money.

  • September 18, 2010 dinme95
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    Worst movie I ever saw. I doubt very much Pat Tillman would have wanted the country he loved so much dragged through the mud like his family does in this picture. Shame on them.

  • September 13, 2010 inmanr3
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    A great documentary. Answered what happened that day but left a lot of questions unanswered. What were the shooters thinking? How many Tillman fratricides are there that never got told but covered up? Again, just proves war stinks.

  • September 06, 2010 okcbigeasy
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    Incredible movie. Everyone will learn something.

  • September 04, 2010 Wearstrategies
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    one of the greatest documentaries ever. it's real. it's the truth. excellent.

  • August 21, 2010 GaGa Love 88
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    Run, don't walk to see this movie. It is worth the price of admission and then some. A truly satisfying documentary that is equal parts biographical, dramatic, humorous, heartbreaking, and ultimately haunting. The cover-up of Pat Tillman's friendly fire death and the injustice the U.S. government and military enacted on his family is shockingly indecent and immoral. I'm glad the Tillman family got to share their side of the story. It is obvious to anyone that based on the facts of this case, the Tillman family were wronged. This helps set the record straight. Pat Tillman did not die in vain. His life serves as a symbol of true American heroism and honor. His family serves as a symbol of honesty, justice and strength. And the Oscar for Outstanding Long Form Documentary goes to . . . . . .

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