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Based on 22 Reviews
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  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Tries too hard to be even-handed. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Despite an admirable effort to explore topical concerns, both director and actor are obviously overwhelmed by the immensity of the subject matter. show more

  • 40
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Does a fairly good job of laying out the basic political motives behind Islamic terrorism. Unfortunately, as a drama, it has its narrative peak in the middle and quickly runs out of story afterward. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Of all the feature films and documentaries to emerge since 9/11, few have been as bold, perceptive or as downright chilling as this thriller. show more

  • 63
    Marta Barber Miami Herald

    The War Within is dark and somber, adjectives that describe both the film's look and its message. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Hampered by a mopey leading man. show more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune

    The War Within has within it a war of its own, one between docudramatic truth and familiar melodrama, however low-keyed. show more

  • 50
    New York Post

    Chillingly realistic but deeply repellent, The War Within is a film that should not have been made. show more

  • 78
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    It's thanks to Akhtar's standout performance that The War Within is as electrifying as it is. show more

  • 91
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    An utterly convincing portrait of the sort of person willing to strap ordnance to himself and decimate scores of strangers in pursuit of his religious and political ideals. show more

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