Short Life of Jose Antonio Guiterrez
Short Life of Jose Antonio Guiterrez (2007)

José Antonio Gutierrez was one of the 300,000 soldiers sent by US Army to war in Iraq. A few hours after the war began, his picture was broadcast all over the world: he was the first American soldier to be killed in the war. He was there as… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 27, 2007
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

While never letting its tone of studious but stewing detachment slip, the movie quietly builds a truly enraging case for a certain form of systematic official cynicism.

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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

Although Ms. Specogna's film fleshes out his life to the extent that it can, the portrait remains frustratingly incomplete. But given its larger subject - a young life trampled beneath history's forward march - this seems entirely fitting.

Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

With honesty and respect, Heidi Specogna has made neither a shallow tribute nor a polemic. She's made a great film about America.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The link between the illegal immigrant problems in the United States and the war in Iraq is explored in the moving documentary The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Now, more than ever, it should be seen here in the U.S. for its ironies, both implicit and explicit.

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez is a film with a moral and political message about immigration and the people who are used as cannon fodder by the United States.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

Mournful and engrossing.

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Brian Miller
Village Voice

With only a few letters and family photos, director Heidi Specogna never brings her subject to life.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Dispels any remaining myth about the "compassionate" side of that supposed compassionate conservative, George W. Bush.

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