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A fictional story inspired by true events, "Redacted" will force viewers to reconsider the filters through which we see and accept events in our world, the power of the mediated image and how presentation and composition influence our ideas and beliefs. A profound meditation on the way information is packaged, distributed and received in an era with infinite channels of communication, "Redacted" utilizes a variety of created source material--video diaries, produced documentary, surveillance footage, online testimonials, news pieces--to comment on the extreme disconnect… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

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"Grant De Palma this much: At least he did not wait until 14 years after hostilities concluded to pull his catch-all war metaphor from the dark cupboard of his psyche."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"It's hard to watch, and should be. But harder for other reasons. As an experiment in storytelling, it's mainly tedious and phony."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"Timeless and more relevant than ever in the face of permanent US war against the world, Redacted has prophetically conjured a parallel US war, targeting journalists and filmmakers. And in an ironic case of redacting the director and his film as well."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
"We're being manipulated, and the irony is that the filmmaker is trying to prove how manipulated we are by the various interests around the Iraq war"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"The way De Palma stitches this multimedia montage into a damning narrative is cinema at its angry and exhilarating best."
‑ James Christopher, Daily Mirror [UK]
"War was ever a Kubrick-ian hell-ride, futile, fundamentally unheroic and de-humanising, but now it's mocked by a mad multimedia accompaniment innocent of all real ethical, moral and humanitarian value."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Redacted, director Brian DePalma's ugly little Iraq War movie, wastes an interesting approach on trite, crude and painfully superficial content."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Brian De Palma's feature-length fictionalized polemic, Redacted, expresses its outrage with a ferocity that takes mainstream protest of the Iraq war into new territory."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Finally an Iraq War movie done right."
‑ Heather Huntington, ReelzChannel.com
"Feels contrived and serves to highlight the limitations of the no-name cast."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
"It's condescending to the audience."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"It is simply so amateurish and overacted that it makes it impossible to become invested in the documentary-like reality De Palma hopes to achieve."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"The director's concern is deeply felt, yet it is his old obsession, the camera's unreliability, that still engages him the most"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"National Lottery money and Venice Film Festival Silver Lion awards should be going to much more thoughtful films than this."
‑ , Sun Online
"An interesting failure, De Palma's film starts well and has moments of exceptional power but ultimately loses itself in its rambling structure. If you haven't already seen it, you'd probably be better off going back to De Palma's Casualties Of War, which"
‑ Jamie McLeish, Film4
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