The Messenger
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An Iraq War veteran who just narrowly escaped death in combat struggles with his new post at the Casualty Notification Office while anticipating his upcoming discharge in this military drama starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, and Samantha Morton. Will Montgomery (Foster) has spent his fair share of time in army hospitals, and with just three months to go before returning to civilian life, he discovers that his girlfriend back home (Malone) has decided to move on with her life. Crestfallen, Will discovers that his latest hope for a fresh start will be training to work for the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[An] unpredictable, episodic, deeply resonant character piece."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Harrelson gives us layers of hurt under a callous yet needy crust. It may be the best performance of his career and certainly deserves Oscar consideration."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"[Foster and Harrelson's] interplay, on the job (ruining the day of one unfortunate person after the next) and off...provides the backbone of this erratically paced film."
‑ Laura Kern, Film Comment Magazine
"Alejado de cualquier rastro de patriotismo, desnudando la complejidad emocional detrás de un drama históricamente recurrente que ha sido retratado con frecuencia por el cine norteamericano, aunque esta vez de manera un poco más intimista."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"The Messenger takes on a warmth and plangency that rewards viewing."
‑ Jason Solomons, Observer [UK]
"The bombshell is the news of a soldier's death and the delivery of that message is the heart of this unsentimental, yet deeply moving, story."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"With the insight and sensitivity of an insider, The Messenger illuminates the sometimes invisible victims of war -- the survivors -- and a pain that is tolerated but never quite healed."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The Messenger is always just left of straightforward, which keeps it interesting."
‑ Justin Stewart, Stop Smiling
"It never feels contrived or overwritten, managing to deftly pack emotional punches through the strength of its performances and direction."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"Don't let the fact Woody Harrelson got an Oscar nomination tempt you anywhere near The Messenger - the message here is about as welcome as a death knock on a wet Sunday afternoon."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"The film is premised on the verbal communication of urgent information, yet its many non-verbal moments provide the greatest strength and clarity."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"At its center lie three accomplished performances, by Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton, that are not to be missed."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"I know several folks in military service who wouldn't watch this movie if you paid them."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"It's a shame so few people will see this on the silver screen."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"An intelligent, superbly acted and moving drama that manages to say more about war and its consequences than most films set on the front line."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
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