Standard Operating Procedure
Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

"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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 14, 2008
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Well researched and finely crafted, Standard Operating Procedure is another gem from master documentarian Errol Morris.

Jonathan F. Richards

Morris offers valuable new perspectives on Abu Ghraib, but the paying customers may not care to go there again.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Ray Pride

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Standard Operating Procedure feels like a historical work in progress, brilliant, thought-provoking but incomplete.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

The result is a devastating film, and an important one.

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Michael Chaiken
Film Comment Magazine

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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

As unappetizing as the subject may seem, Errol Morris' Standard Operating Procedure exerts a hypnotic pull anyway.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Probes deeper than any other Iraq war documentary.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A bore and a real pain to sit through.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Curtis Lilly
Errol Morris tries a different style in this one. The interviewees don't look straight into the camera (his signature shot), but it's also not a film… More
Alec Barniskis
Not easy to watch, but it is still one of the most important films of 2008. The film is tremendously engaging and educational. We only got a fraction of the… More
Walter M.
"The fact that a person acted to pursuant to order of his government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law,… More
William Goss
Morris uses surprisingly candid interviews to construct an essay on the painfully abstract nature of truth and intentions, the best and worst of which came to… More
John Ballantine
Oh boy. I saw this one at the same time as Taxi to the Dark Side and they kind of morph into each other. Errol Morris as usual gives us some interesting… More
Keith Munley
The great thing about Errol Morris documentaries is the simplicity of them. He relies on the story to inform and entertain. Here he goes deep to find out the… More

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