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It is fairly extraordinary that this film exists. The level of access attained by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger over their 15-month period embedded with the Second Platoon, Battle Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade allows for an incredibly unvarnished account -- including footage of deaths both civilian and military. It's perhaps the most intimate and unflinching examination yet of the processes of modern warfare -- and an exhilarating, heartrending, profoundly moving film in its own right.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"Restrepo avoids political discussion. It just revels in the heroism of these impossibly young, brave soldiers who follow orders that at times seem pointless because following them is what their country has asked them to do."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The directors were satisfied with telling us about a group of courageous, honorable young soldiers -- a salute these men richly deserve."
‑ Joe Holleman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"its most emotionally raw moments are indicative of their military subjects' exceptional comfort level with their observers ( ... ) the arid yet woody outcroppings high above the valley are an intriguing new terrain"
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"Everything about the way this film is shot, edited and packaged scream of a desire to show the war exactly as it is."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"Reminds us that wars are fought by individuals, not faceless armies."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The camera lingers on the soldiers' smiles and tears and shows the human face of military tactics which reduce people to chess pieces."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"A look at both the tragic folly of war and the camaraderie of men under pressure, the documentary Restrepo holds both hope and horror."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Restrepo succeeds as both a remarkable piece of cinéma vérité documentary filmmaking and a tribute to the soldiers who are put through hell."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"Though the movie tries not to make any kind of commentary, it's clear: this is just another reminder as to the utter pointlessness of this war."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Despite being a moving reminder to support our troops, Restrepo cannot help but be "Exhibit A" in the case against the unwinnable "War on Terror.""
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"At this point in all our Middle Eastern conflicts, we need more from a documentary than just a grunts-eye-view of the frustrating nature of the war."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"In hewing closely to the rhythms of war, Junger and Hetherington forgo different considerations about war."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Restrepo captures the physical trauma and psychological torment that forms the essence of the 'War is Hell' mantra, regardless of which flag you fight under."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
""Restrepo" puts a new face on the war in Afghanistan. A decidedly American face. Paul Chambers, CNN."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"Restrepo comes closest of any film I've seen to fully suggesting what being a soldier is like."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
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