Standard Operating Procedure
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"Standard Operating Procedure" provides an examination of the unintended consequences of the Iraqi war with a focus on events at Abu Ghraib prison which began to appear in global media in 2004. The prison quickly became notorious for the shocking photos of the abuse and torture of terror suspects by military men and women. Ultimately, it is the story of soldiers who believed they were defending democracy but found themselves plunged into an unimagined nightmare.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Morris offers valuable new perspectives on Abu Ghraib, but the paying customers may not care to go there again."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"Truth is a matter of perspective in director Errol Morris' Standard Operating Procedure, a piercing look at the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison and the aftermath of their discovery."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A female face: unformed personalities the equivalent of the portrayal of naïveté by Sissy Spacek in "Badlands." An improbable horror movie about metadata and its discontents."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Fascinating and horrifying, especially if you take a step back and view it thinking about what it tells us about the society in which these abuses took place."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Morris's distillation of long talks with young ex-soldiers and the female general who commanded prisons all over Iraq is among the best documentaries on the Iraq war."
‑ David D'Arcy, Screen International
"Standard Operating Procedure feels like a historical work in progress, brilliant, thought-provoking but incomplete."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The result is a devastating film, and an important one."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"The film's bloody dramatizations...suggest a fundamental distrust of the efficacy of the word over the image and a bland assumption that audiences have lost their ability to empathize."
‑ Michael Chaiken, Film Comment Magazine
"Examines both the mystery of primitive human instincts and the nature and power of photography."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Haunting photographs and video seemingly point a finger at the low-ranking indicted soldiers. Equally haunting is the notion that journalists and the public assumed they had seen everything."
‑ Susan Tavernetti, Palo Alto Weekly
"As unappetizing as the subject may seem, Errol Morris' Standard Operating Procedure exerts a hypnotic pull anyway."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Probes deeper than any other Iraq war documentary."
‑ , Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A bore and a real pain to sit through."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"For American military personnel to descend to Saddam's level was one of the worst moments in US history, and Morris's film reveals the truth: the poisonous Abu Ghraib pictures were not merely an American scandal but a human catastrophe."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Morris never gets close to the administrative attitude that apparently sanctioned, perhaps even encouraged the goings-on, despite Karpinski's contention that 'none of this produced useful intelligence.'"
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
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