The Tillman Story
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When Pat Tillman gave up his professional football career to join the Army Rangers in 2002, he became an instant symbol of patriotic fervor and unflinching duty. But the truth about Pat Tillman is far more complex, and ultimately far more heroic, then the caricature. And when the government tried to turn his death into propaganda, they took on the wrong family. From her home in Northern California, Pat's mother, Dannie Tillman, led the family's crusade to reveal the truth beneath the mythology of their son's life and death. THE TILLMAN STORY resounds with emotion and insight, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"We may never know exactly who shot Pat Tillman on that ridge in Afghanistan or why, but we have a better idea of who he was."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Watching the film, emotions range from sadness, of course, to frustration to outright anger. This, truly, is the best we can do? Throwing up roadblocks in front of the truth, not trusting the American people to understand the nature of war..."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"It's no mistake that the film's (anti-)resolving image is a statue of Tillman, frozen in time as a heroic but Sphynx-like riddle. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"... only the very naive could take The Tillman Story as revelatory. It's not the way they tried to make one soldier's death seem romantic that's the real problem. It's that, for us, war has always been the stuff of glory ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Reportedly, Bar-Lev wanted to call it I'm Pat Fucking Tillman after the last words of the man himself...My own suggestion would be Blasting Through Bullshit: The Pat Tillman Cover-up."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Bar-Lev's documentary's greatest service isn't in recounting the Army's back-pedaling so much as underscoring how communal needs and family grief don't perfectly align. And that political usefulness may attempt to trump all other rites."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Could you imagine how difficult it must have been to pore over records containing the brutal facts of your son's death?"
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"[A] brilliant, deceptively complex portrait."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Like Pat Tillman himself, apparently, Amir Bar-Lev's movie stubbornly refuses to fit neatly into a box and come up with traditional, rousing solutions. Searing."
‑ Richard Knight, Knight at the Movies
"Leaving The Tillman Story you won't know whether to weep or put your fist through a wall. This documentary from director Amir Bar-Lev is that powerful."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"The Tillman Story clearly lays out exactly what happened that caused Tillman to be blown to bits by fellow U.S.forces -- and the government's efforts to whitewash the story to avoid mounting criticism of the war."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"[An] uncompromising documentary."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Bar-Lev achieves no small feat in parsing out a complicated narrative and picking up on the family's outrage without turning it into a partisan or anti-military screed."
‑ Stephen Saito,
"The documentary does a fine job of laying out the very personal story. The use of home videos, actual military investigation footage and interviews with fellow soldiers brings to light what happened. Audiences will feel a sense of heartbreaking empathy..."
‑ Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum
"This is the kind of movie that makes you mad, that angers you in a way that's fundamental to your place within a democracy."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
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