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  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    The result is startling and repellent -- a challenge to filmgoers accustomed to fake gunfire, fake wounds and cosmeticized death. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Shot in semidocumentary fashion, it builds to a more visceral climax than one initially expects. [26Nov1997 Pg.09.D] show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Winterbottom uses effective imagery to establish the horror and absurdity of war. [26Nov1997 Pg.39] show more

  • 88
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Bleak, darkly humorous and surprisingly unsentimental, Michael Winterbottom's film has the desperate air of a cri de coeur, and unlike many fiction films about war, its use of real-life footage seems in no way inappropriate or exploitative. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    And, while there's nothing revolutionary or extraordinary about the dramatic narrative, the subtext gives Winterbottom's movie its force. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    The movie is well made by director Michael Winterbottom ("Jude"), with a minimum of overdramatics. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Inevitably, all this seems just too diffuse, and a set of uniformly adept performances (even Harrelson puts a leash on his usual histrionics) tends to be wasted in an only intermittently engaging movie. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The problem is that Winterbottom has imagined both stories and several others, and tells them in a style designed to feel as if reality has been caught on the fly. show more

  • 100
    Tom Meek Film Threat

    The result is crisp, brutal and utterly inspirational. show more

  • 67
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Tomei looks far too fresh-scrubbed to be anywhere near a bloody, messy hell like this, but the rest of the cast is grimly realistic, particularly Harrelson, who manages to bring some goofball credibility to what is essentially a very small role. show more

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