My Country, My Country
My Country, My Country (2006)

The film reveals the agonizing predicament and gradual descent of one man caught in the tragic circumstances and contradictions of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and its effort to spread democracy in the Middle East on the eve of the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 4, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This war documentary offers a valuable look at Iraqi life under the U.S. occupation, and finds a compelling central subject in Dr. Riyadh.

Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

A compelling report.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

What My Country, My Country does best is show us that while both the Americans and the Iraqis care about the country's future, their cultural backgrounds and world views inevitably make them seem alien to each other.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

. . .[Director Laura] Poitras' film allows ordinary Iraqi people to state their experiences and their understanding about what is happening in their country. Their plainspoken words have far more impact than any series of talking head interviews.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A memorable portrait of a nation's growing pains.

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L.A. Weekly


Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Powerful and moving.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

In 90 captivating minutes, Laura Poitras' extraordinary documentary My Country, My Country gives you a greater understanding of the situation in Iraq than you'd get from 100 hours of Fox News or CNN.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

... sobering documentary ...

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Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Part of the problem with the film, though, is that some of the scenes with the doctor and his family and the doctor and his patients have a staged feel to them -- as if, they were also putting on a "show."

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Sarah Prisbylla
I enjoyed how the filmmaker truly just observed and didn't really inject any opinion or politics into this. It's depressing to watch, however, because… More