Occupation: Dreamland
Occupation: Dreamland (2005)

'Occupation: Dreamland' is a melancholy portrait of a squad of the US Army's 82nd Airborne deployed in the doomed Iraqi city of Falluja during the winter of 2004. A collective study of the squad unfolds as they cope with an… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 16, 2005
DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This documentary of American soldiers in Falluja offers a revealing and complex portrait of Army life.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The occupation may have settled into grim, bloody drudgery. But if we're going to learn anything about the place and our involvement there, films about it can't join suit.

Jessica Winter
L.A. Weekly

Without resorting to the steroid-pumped aggro flash of Gunner Palace, Occupation: Dreamland reinforces the impression that the American rodeo in Iraq was always a murderously pointless self-security op.

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Christopher Null

Aside from the year it was made, there's nothing that Dreamland adds to a very, very full genre

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It offers a look at the kind of Americans not often put on movie screens.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

I think Gunner Palace was in some sense a fairer film.

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Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

More sympathetic and interesting than the stars of Gunner Palace, these fellas are both a microcosm of society and individuals in their own right.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

A compelling mosaic of voices, some discouraged, some enthusiastic, all aware that there's a job to be done and that they must do it to the best of their abilities.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A grunt's-eye view of the current conflict that needs to be seen, regardless of a viewer's political persuasion.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Could be the poster film for the protest-the-war, support-the-troops mentality.

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