Home of the Brave
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As their tour of duty in Iraq draws to a close, four American soldiers learn that they are scheduled to embark on one final, fateful mission that will forever change their concept of war. Shortly after receiving the news that they will soon be reunited with their families back in the United States, a unit serving in Iraq is deployed on a humanitarian mission to deliver medical supplies to a remote Iraqi village. Upon arriving in the village, the unit is viciously ambushed and many lives are lost. Now, as the surviving members of the battalion return home and attempt to readjust to civilian… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Obvious, plodding, cloying and politically innocuous."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"This is a solid and timely piece of work from Hollywood veteran Irwin Winkler."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Iraq war vets cope with big issues; not for kids."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
"Patriotic claptrap masquerading as a touchy-feely salute to the troops."
‑ Kam Williams, Mount Desert Islander
"Shows some significant strengths but ultimately misses the mark due to incompletely developed characters and hesitation to hit home as hard as the subject matter justifies."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"I must say the best thing about the movie is that it's interested in the soldiers, not the self-serving popinjays who seem to think the war is a big fat career-enhancing photo opportunity. The people who got shot at deserve most of the attention."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Home Of The Brave ultimately says ... what? War is tough. That's fair, and so is [director] Winkler's reluctance to engage the politics of this particular war and focus on the soldiers that fight it."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"The war in Iraq gets a lathery soft soap treatment in producer-cum-director Irwin Winkler's distortion of emotions and realities associated with a group of returning soldiers."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"While the film tries to be sensitive to the people's plight, it does itself (and the soldiers) a disservice by presenting them as brittle, emotionally fragile victims."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"This is morose, head-shaking stuff, and director Irwin Winkler (Life as a House, De-Lovely) isn't one to ease up on the 'ol emotional manipulation button."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Earnest but lazy, fitfully laughable and insulting, Home of the Brave is cowardly work."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"The intentions are good. The actors have been assembled with care, and the production is polished. But everything feels assembled, as if it were put together from blueprints."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"...there's certainly no denying the effectiveness of one unintentionally hilarious moment in which Biel's spurned boyfriend exclaims, "I guess it only takes one hand to push people away!""
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Missed opportunity for some cutting irony on behalf of indigenous people who have always been the victims in one way or another, of dubious celebrations like Thanksgiving, the laborers are instead merely a dramatic device - wallpaper really."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
"It often undercuts its nobler goals by resorting to hammy dialogue and unnecessarily melodramatic contrivances."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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