Brothers in Arms
Brothers in Arms (2003)

In 1969, during the Vietnam War, Senator John Kerry was one of a handful of soldiers assigned to a "Swift boat," a small reconnaissance vessel that patrolled the rivers in search of North Vietnamese camps hidden in the thick… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: October 21, 2003
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Basically a longer, less slick version of the official Kerry profile unveiled at the Democratic National Convention.

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Robert Koehler

A respectfully modest effort that allows Kerry and his Swift boat comrades to tell their stories in their own voices.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

The talking heads format just doesn't make for compelling film, despite its timeliness.

Dave Kehr
New York Times

Filmed before the Swift boat veterans brouhaha, Paul Alexander's partisan documentary is effective filmmaking.

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Joshua Land
Village Voice

As for the candidate, like Tony Wilson in 24 Hour Party People, he's wisely content to remain a supporting character in his own life story.

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Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

The documentary is well edited, well paced, and feels genuine. It's educational, important and enjoyable independent of the Kerry campaign.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

Alexander, a political writer and radio host, gets riveting, emotional confessionals from the veterans.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Will this film do Kerry any good, or the Swifties any harm? My bet is: Not a bit, one way or the other.

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Kent Turner

Tellingly, [John] Kerry is a much more compelling speaker during a 1970s protest rally than in the contemporary footage, where he carefully chooses his words.

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