Gunner Palace
Gunner Palace (2005)

Shortly after President George W. Bush announced that "major combat operations have ended" in the war in Iraq, filmmaker Michael Tucker (a self-described "Army brat" whose father served in Vietnam) traveled to Baghdad,… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 4, 2005
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2005
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A shapeless documentary, but shows what's it like for the soldiers on the ground.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Tucker takes it all in without taking a stand, though his sympathies -- expressed through voiceover narration -- clearly lie with the men and women in the field.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

But they're very good at documenting the tedium of the place and the work, the banal dangers of an occupation where the enemy could be anyone.

Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

A powerful film, going beyond the casualty statistics and minute-long news clips to provide a sense of what it must be like for the guys and girls over there.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

You certainly can't question Tucker's bravery, but you may occasionally feel the urge to ask him to be quiet.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

The film's strength -- and its weakness -- is in its you-are-there view of guys who are e-mailing their loved ones back home one minute and breaking down the doors of Iraqi homes the next, on the hunt for the enemy.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A rambling war documentary without a political agenda about U.S. soldiers of the 2/3 Field Artillery stationed in Iraq.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

While Gunner Palace has the immediacy of street rap, it is actually a throwback to the cinema verite style of pioneering documentarians D.A. Pennebaker, Albert Maysles and Frederick Wiseman.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Reminds you that the thousands of faceless, nameless troops in Iraq are still there after you switch off CNN.

Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein know that now is the time to make sure people know what the Iraqi War looks like and hopefully they will.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Gunner Palace is a riveting documentary about the Iraq War. Director Michael Tucker plunges us deep in the action and gives something we would not normally see.… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=darkslategray]"Gunner Palace" is an enlightening documentary about an American infantry company in Baghdad in 2003 and… More