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United 93 director Paul Greengrass explores the aftermath of the Iraq invasion in this feature adaptation of author Rajiv Chandrasekaran's literary exposť Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone. A onetime Baghdad bureau chief of the Washington Post, Chandrasekaran was present as American forces attempted to set up a provisional government on the grounds surrounding former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's opulent palace. The resulting governing body, according to critics, existed in a bubble so far-removed from the grim realities of the Iraq War that it failed to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Green Zone is the rare miss from frequent collaborators Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass."
‑ Laremy Legel,
"Reduces policies that caused the deaths of thousands to the equivalent of a first-person-shooter video game."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"It takes a special kind of talent, the kind of talent that Paul Greengrass has, to make a movie as annoying as Green Zone."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"A reasonably gripping entertainment."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Greengrass' Green Zone is about half political thriller and half action thriller and unfortunately it's only successful at one of those halves. Doubly unfortunate, the half that does work isn't the part he's interested in."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"It's one thing for the filmmakers to (sort of) fictionalize real people, but Green Zone wraps up with a wish-fulfillment fantasy that is about as believable as watching reinforcements riding in to save Custer."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Green Zone hits hard and doesn't forgive. It plays out like fiction, and in some ways it is. But in too many ways, it's not."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
""Green Zone" simply offers up a fun, entertaining ride that has you on the edge of your seat throughout most of the film. If you are into the politics though, you may just find it a little more interesting."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"The story of the Iraq War is fascinating, but the checklist of talking points is not."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
"As a politically-charged action film, it accomplishes the mission."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Greengrass concocts a formula with a fighting chance of dispelling the Curse of the Hollywood Iraq Movie. If a picture as conventionally accessible as Green Zone tanks, that campaign is surely lost."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"When Mr. Greengrass made United 93, his 2006 reconstruction of one of the Sept. 11 hijackings, some people fretted that it was too soon. My own response to Green Zone is almost exactly the opposite: it's about time."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"This is a frenetic and powerful action flick that brings the fight to you."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"It's like Inglourious Basterds but without the fun."
‑ Dave White,
"Frustratingly uneven..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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