Gunner Palace
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Shortly after President George W. Bush announced that "major combat operations have ended" in the war in Iraq, filmmaker Michael Tucker (a self-described "Army brat" whose father served in Vietnam) traveled to Baghdad, where he and his camera crew were embedded with the 2-3 Army Field Artillery unit, improbably based out of a bombed-out mansion which once belonged to Saddam Hussein and his son Uday. Tucker and his crew spent two months with the soldiers of the 2-3 FA (in September 2003 and February 2004), following the young men and women as they went about their daily… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Tucker takes it all in without taking a stand, though his sympathies -- expressed through voiceover narration -- clearly lie with the men and women in the field."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"But they're very good at documenting the tedium of the place and the work, the banal dangers of an occupation where the enemy could be anyone."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein know that now is the time to make sure people know what the Iraqi War looks like and hopefully they will."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"Gunner Palace is not a great film, but it is a contentious one."
‑ Bill Gibron,
"Esta versão estendida (e entediante) de COPS se preocupa tanto em mostrar os soldados chocados por serem odiados que se esquece de comentar que eles nem deveriam estar ali."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"You certainly can't question Tucker's bravery, but you may occasionally feel the urge to ask him to be quiet."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"A powerful film, going beyond the casualty statistics and minute-long news clips to provide a sense of what it must be like for the guys and girls over there."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"A commendably apolitical visit to the soldiers in Iraq"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Avoids political views and is instead a tribute to the John and Jane Smiths of the American military risking their lives for an ideal rather than a clear goal."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"If you have friends or relatives who are serving in Iraq and you want to know what they are up to, this is the film for you."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"While Gunner Palace has the immediacy of street rap, it is actually a throwback to the cinema verite style of pioneering documentarians D.A. Pennebaker, Albert Maysles and Frederick Wiseman."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A rambling war documentary without a political agenda about U.S. soldiers of the 2/3 Field Artillery stationed in Iraq."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"As unalloyed a look at who our people are in the Iraqi theatre of war and how they're conducting themselves as anything recorded."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"not quite as rogue as its filmmakers appear to think,"
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"The filmmakers have created a thought-provoking documentary that is at times disturbing, uncomfortable, brutal, profane and amusing."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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