America At A Crossroads: Operation Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Experience
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America At A Crossroads: Operation Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Experience
A unique documentary about troops' experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, based on writings by soldiers, Marines, and air men.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Operation Homecoming never quite captures anything so poignant or precise, rather falling into seemingly endless variations of 'war is hell.'"
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"The cumulative effect of Operation Homecoming is to bring to light the soldiers' collective experiences and the enduring nightmares they suffer in our place."
‑ , AV Club
"Robbins war documentary is for the spectator to come to terms with what's occurring on the battle field and it gives a wonderful impartial view of the current war..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Robbins' docu, initiated by the NEA, tries to convey the subjective feeling and thoughts of soldiers through their writing, be they letters, poems, or stories. By necessity, this collection, which is read by pro actors, is varied in interest and quality."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Flaws aside, Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience has much value, both as an artistic and historical document."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"It provides an illuminating portrait of the mind-set of those men and women serving overseas."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Operation Homecoming is a spinoff from an anthology of essays, e-mail messages, poems and letters from soldiers in Iraq."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The prose and poetry of the soldiers is striking in its power."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A different approach from more straightforward Iraq War documentaries. And the film definitely has effective moments, especially those dealing with grief and the rough transition from military to civilian life."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"When is a documentary NOT a documentary? When it's this. Definately worth a look."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"The anthology format would fit better on TV, as would director Richard E. Robbins' unfortunate use of cheesy slo-mo re-enactments. When Robbins flickers through a series of photos of the fallen, the rapid cutting becomes absurd and dehumanizing."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The sometimes uneven quality of the imagery serves to highlight the shattering honesty of these barings of the soul."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Unique and emotionally moving documentary."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"They're stories of war that resonate with anyone who has ever been in a war zone, and they illustrate beautifully for those who have not seen battle, just what combat can do to a person's soul."
‑ Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A sobering reminder that war is more than smartly-dressed politicians exchanging barbs about what's best for America."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt