The Situation
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The war in Iraq provides the backdrop for this story of personal and political chaos from British filmmaker Philip Haas. Anna (Connie Nielsen) is an American journalist covering the fighting in Iraq in 2003. American forces have removed Saddam Hussein from power, but violence remains widespread on both sides, and many of the criminals and opportunists who attached themselves to Hussein's regime are scrambling for position under the American-authorized government. Anna has friends and allies on both sides of the conflict, and is romantically involved with two men -- Dan (Damien Lewis), a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

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"The concept is strong and expertly fleshed out; it's just a pity that Hollywood tropes are allowed to invade."
‑ Sandy MacDonald, Boston Globe
"The Situation' is bound to stir up controversy because of the way Americans are portrayed, and anything that gets people talking and thinking is for the good. It brings the war home, where our soldiers should be."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"I don't think this movie sheds any new light on 'the situation', but it could have, and it's a shame that it didn't."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Bringing the chaos down to very human terms redefines the paradigm for thinking about the occupation, and makes this a film that is more than a mere exercise in action/adventure"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"His heart is in the right place, and our current situation cries out for a film like this %u2026 like this, but much better made."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Beneath the melodrama is an insider's account of the seemingly inconsequential details often edited out of dispatches from the front."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"[Haas'] attempt to convey the tangled relations between sheikhs and insurgents, occupiers and civilians is undercut by Wendell Steavenson's mightily overwritten screenplay."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"A pretty lousy movie in general, though it's the film's somewhat accusatory Iraq War subject matter that's getting it some attention -- deserved or not -- that makes the whole thing a little distasteful."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Even as it makes a mucky melodrama out of the war in Iraq, this effect does not seem entirely inappropriate, as it accommodates a U.S. perspective of its own actions."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"It's [Wendell Steavenson] first screenplay, and it shows; while not the movie's only problem, the script is a big one, made up as it is primarily of dialogue that isn't just expository, but clunkily explanatory."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"The essential message in this strongly felt film comes clear: 'It's Iraq.' It used to be bad, but now it's worse. And anyone in his right mind, including Iraqis, wants to get out."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"There are a half dozen people in colorful supporting roles all of whom have their own truths. And all of whom are far more interesting, as characters and actors, than [Connie Nielsen]."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It's a credit to the material and the basic plot that even as you're groaning over a clunky speech explaining it all, you're completely focused on what the situation in Iraq actually is."
‑ Mary F. Pols, Contra Costa Times
"You want better for this film, but the discomfort it causes is not a matter of it being too soon for the audience, but rather, it seems, for the filmmakers."
‑ Michelle Orange, Reeler
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