Battle for Haditha
Battle for Haditha (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 30, 2008
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This narrative retelling of the real life tragedy in Haditha is gripping and immediate but may sacrifice the subtleties of history for dramatic impact.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

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.

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Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE

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

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

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.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times

In Battle for Haditha the British filmmaker Nick Broomfield revisits a wretched chapter of the war in Iraq.

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Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

Unable or unwilling to acknowledge or comprehend this trauma, the U.S. command structure is indicted no matter what it says.

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

It might just be the movie this war has been waiting for.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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"

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
This film apparently pissed off every Marine out there. Any movie that inspires THAT much emotion is noteworthy....but this is a gut wrenching film! This movie… More
Sarah Gaish
<u>Director:</u>Nick Broomfield <u>Released:</u> 2008 <u>Stars:</u>Elliot Ruiz, Yasmine Hanani, Andrew McLaren… More
Jani H
A modern warfare movie about a terrible massacre of Iragi people. Nick Broomfield is better known for his documents then movies. "Battle for Haditha"… More
John Ballantine
Vietnam spawned a number of great films. The ones that were more compelling were those that showed life after that conflict. We haven't reached that stage… More
Gordon A
Believably brutal study of a military engagement gone horrifically wrong. Did make me wonder how often this must happen and it is simply covered up.
Chris Middleton
The most powerful film made about the Iraq War to date. Sadly, its overrated.