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Based on 24 Reviews
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  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    There's a lot to process when watching The War Tapes, and that's probably why the documentary gets even better a few days later. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Must-see stuff. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A gripping, sometimes dramatic, sometimes annoying collection of jerky images and subjective impressions. show more

  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    The latest in a series of big-screen documentaries dealing with the conflict, and it does so in a particularly involving, fly-on-the-wall manner. show more

  • 100
    Chicago Tribune

    Gripping documentary. show more

  • 88
    New York Post

    We get to know three of these courageous, funny, smart and perhaps permanently damaged men in a film that largely avoids telling us what to think and makes an effort to get near the truth of the soldiers' experience. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Really the film is a deft first-person character study with a war zone for a background. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The documentary camera has made repeated trips to occupied Iraq, but never to such raw and honest effect as in The War Tapes. The reason is surprisingly simple: This time, the lens is being pointed not by embedded journalists, but by the American soldiers themselves. show more

  • 63
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    While we at home can't come close to experiencing the war in any real sense, we do come away from Scranton's film with a greater sense of the soldiers' everyday fear, helplessness and horror. show more

  • 89
    Austin Chronicle

    A powerfully unique film. show more

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