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Where Soldiers Come From

Not Rated In Theaters 09/9/2011 , 91min.
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Covering their lives with intimate access from before boot camp to the difficult return home, Heather Courtney's documentary packs a savage but understated punch. Full Review
David Fear
Time Out New York
It's only during the last third that the film finds its footing, as the PTSD fallout and collective sense of disillusionment suggest a bigger picture regarding why we fight, etc. Otherwise, this decent, if decidedly personal, look at small-town soldiers works better as an erratic scrapbook than a representative statement. Full Review
Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
Much of what's presented is familiar territory, but it's the moments that fracture prejudices and expectations that stick with you. Full Review
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
Despite the film's unvarnished emotionality and even-handed messaging, Courtney never seems to have found an appropriate focus, resulting in a work that's less urgent and involving than its intense subject matter might have dictated. Full Review
J.R. Jones
Chicago Reader
There's a good deal of honest emotion onscreen, particularly from the parents left behind to worry, yet the documentary sometimes feels like the work of a filmmaker who began with a preconceived story and wasn't quite sure what to do with the one she actually got. Full Review

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