Stop-Loss
Stop-Loss (2008)

After serving his tour of duty in Iraq, a young American soldier who is ordered to return to the front lines as part of the military's controversial stop-loss policy opts instead to go AWOL in a thought-provoking military drama directed… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 8, 2008
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Critic Score
65%
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User Score
26%



Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Stop-Loss is sincere and complex, and features strong performances, even if it tries to cover too much ground.

Jessica Winter
Time Out

It's the film equivalent of a weary shrug - capturing the national mood at a moment when we'd all prefer some mood enhancers.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

[A] very worthy film.

Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media

Mature, violent war drama tackles heavy issues.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Stop-Loss is not a great movie, but it's forceful, effective, and alive, with the raw, mixed-up emotions produced by an endless war -- a time when the patriotism of military families is in danger of being exploited beyond endurance.

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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal

Swamped by clichés, continuity problems, stock characters and very good intentions.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Feverish yet bizarrely apolitical, the movie tries to have it both ways and fumbles its outraged and reconciliatory impulses equally

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The power of Stop-Loss -- and this is no dumb joke -- is that it shows its hero between Iraq and a hard place.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

Stop-Loss can't quite decide whether to focus on making a powerful statement on a controversial and unfamiliar military policy or on a more predictable drama about the traumatic effect of war on young people's lives.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Peirce's sincerity and smarts cannot quite defuse the overall didactic nature of the piece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 26% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A solider, whose tour of duty in Iraq is over, is victim to a government policy that denies him his release. The central dramatic conflict about whether this… More
Daniel Perry
It's been a long time since I've seen an MTV Film, and this one was better than most that I remember. It was a little too glossy and angsty to take… More
Alex roy
Stop Loss is one incredible drama film. With an incredible cast at hand, director Kimberly Peirce tells the story of an Iraq war veteran which because of the… More
Anthony Lawrie
Stop Loss highlights one of the many problems of war, the way our solders are treated. Spoken of as heroes but totally taken advantage of. I was unaware of the… More
familiar stranger
I hope that there's more to "Stop Loss" than what's depicted in this movie. It's disturbing that one is left helpless and with no… More
Leigh Ryan
This movie takes your mind, heart, and soul then runs away on an adventure into the big bad world of war. Fantastic actors filling fantastic roles, a storyline… More

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