G.I. Jesús
G.I. Jesús (2007)

The American dream of a Mexican citizen who joined the U.S. military in order to gain citizenship fade into a waking nightmare when he returns from active duty in Iraq to discover just how drastically American culture has changed his wife… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 23, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

[Director] Colpaert makes nice use of blue and green hues, and he makes some valid points about the Iraqi war. But the script lacks coherence and ends with a 180-degree flip that lessens the impact of what has gone before.

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Michael Ordońa
Los Angeles Times

The choices made by the characters are sure to infuriate some, but at least they add to the discussion.

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Cole Smithey

Amateurish production values and unpolished writing hinder this occasionally touching portrait of Jesus (Joe Arquette), a Hispanic Iraq war vet returning to his wife and daughter.

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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

G. I. Jesus may be a mixed bag, but it is so impressive in so many ways that it demands to be taken seriously.

New York Magazine/Vulture

The scattershot approach may not be masterful, but it does land some glancing blows.

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Tony Macklin
Las Vegas Weekly

G.I. Jesus is what a movie at a film festival should be -- creative, original, and challenging.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

For such a gritty indie film, it's galling that [Arquette] and his family are so handsomely photogenic in a generic Hollywood way. Where's the rebellious truth in that?

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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly

... Colpaert has so vividly seized the contemporary moment, and explored it with his own eyes and conscience.

Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

G.I. JESÚS isn't perfect but in its modest manner it is an ambitious and intriguing film. It is packed with topics ranging from immigration to the deployment of potentially ill men and women to the lack of proper care for veterans to the haunting effects

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