Battle for Haditha
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The fate of two cultures becomes locked on a tragic collision course in director Nick Broomfield's dramatization of the events that led to the massacre of 24 Iraqi men, women, and children by American Marines. A squadron of American soldiers goes speeding across the Iraqi desert in a convoy of armored Humvees, eventually stopping at a local store where the soldiers jump out to stretch and browse the DVD selection. Meanwhile, as the Marines strike up a conversation with the young male clerk behind the counter, two Iraqi men climb into the back of a pick-up truck to get a crash course in IED… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"Lacking in subtlety and nuance, Broomfield's nerve-jangling movie nonetheless succeeds in showing the war from various vantage points. And from wherever one's standing, the view is profoundly disturbing."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Unsubtle but gripping, Battle For Haditha illustrates how a military that treats every man, woman, and child as a potential enemy can soon find that such thinking constitutes a self-fulfilling prophecy."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"A bold effort to grapple with what truth lies behind these images, rather than to simply throw one's hands up in the face of them"
‑ Leo Goldsmith, indieWIRE
"Broomfield very effectively balances these storylines with superb cutting."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"I can't begin to describe how creepy this futuristic movie is."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"Films about the Iraq war continue to come and, I hope, will keep coming. Among the most recent, The Battle for Haditha is especially notable."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"In Battle for Haditha the British filmmaker Nick Broomfield revisits a wretched chapter of the war in Iraq."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Unable or unwilling to acknowledge or comprehend this trauma, the U.S. command structure is indicted no matter what it says."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Remember when your mother warned that playing video games would desensitize you to violence? Now witness Exhibit A: a docudrama showcasing Generation Kill's all volunteer army in all its glory."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"If Broomfield hoped to shed some light on what happened at Haditha beyond our worst preconceptions, he's failed."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It might just be the movie this war has been waiting for."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"The killing of 24 Iraqi civilians by U.S. marines in November 2005 is still so clouded by cover-up that the last thing anyone needs now is an improvised drama about the tragedy by UK gonzo documentarian Nick Broomfield."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Previous films such as "Gunners Palace" and the more famous "War Tapes" gave us intimate footage of the day to day danger and tedium of the war, but no film has shown both sides with the power and accuracy of "Battle for Haditha""
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"There's a size and scope to the film we haven't seen in Broomfield's prior work that shows him capable of creating a piece of cinema on par with Michael Winterbottom's films."
‑ Edward Douglas,
"Although Battle for Haditha is certainly a plotted and arranged fiction, it is skillful and informative without corrupting our perspective via the techno-faddishness that undoes current filmmakers"
‑ Armond White, New York Press
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