The War Tapes
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Three soldiers offer viewers a close-up and deeply personal view of the war in Iraq in this documentary. Filmmaker Deborah Scranton gave digital video cameras to three National Guard volunteers who were called up for duty in Iraq and asked them to keep a visual diary of what they saw and how they felt about it. The three men who took Scranton up on her offer were Sgt. Zack Bazzi, Spc. Mike Moriarty, and Sgt. Steve Pink. Bazzi is a Lebanese immigrant who previously fought in Bosnia and Kosovo and loves the thrill of battle, though he has serious reservations about the nature of the American… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is an important film, but be prepared for shocks."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"The film is one of the most urgent and immediate nonfiction works we may ever see."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"The direct-cinema authenticity that a soldier's eye gives to this largely street-fought war...lends The War Tapes its primary strength."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"The director has managed to shape real people's lives into a drama, without imposing ideological filters, and without sacrificing what makes them real."
‑ Karina Longworth, Cinematical
"What's here speaks for itself, and what it says is often surprising and deeply unsettling, regardless of one's political leanings."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"Arguably the most vital and eye-opening documentary yet made regarding the United States' current military entanglement."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"No matter what you think of the U.S. presence in Iraq, the film will disturb or startle or dismay you."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Intentionally or not, the movie locates a strain of ignorance to go along with the bravery"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Gripping, boring, disturbing, amusing, enlightening and frustrating."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"Informative as most of the partisan-produced, anti-war documentaries that we've seen in the last several years have been, none match this one for its wide-ranging scope and lived-it-at-ground-zero truth."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"The film succeeds because of its refreshingly low-key emotional approach and its refusal to impose character arcs or political agendas on its subjects' footage."
‑ Tim Grierson, L.A. Weekly
"A riveting firsthand look at the conflict on the battlefield, in the barracks, and on the home front, unfiltered by any partisan prejudice."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"They expected tension; what they didn't expect was to serve out their year-long deployment as, essentially, the world's most targeted grocery store security."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"A scary diary of their increasingly dehumanized daily lives (mostly spent protecting supply convoys on the dangerous highways) and the movie evokes the futile larger war around them in a series of haunting images."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"...it would make a great double bill with the recent My Country, My Country, which looks at things from the other side."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
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