Restrepo (2010)

It is fairly extraordinary that this film exists. The level of access attained by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger over their 15-month period embedded with the Second Platoon, Battle Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade allows for an… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 25, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Forsaking narrative structure for pure visceral power, Restrepo plunges viewers into the experiences of soldiers on the front lines of the Afghan War.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Restrepo avoids political discussion. It just revels in the heroism of these impossibly young, brave soldiers who follow orders that at times seem pointless because following them is what their country has asked them to do.

Joe Holleman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The directors were satisfied with telling us about a group of courageous, honorable young soldiers -- a salute these men richly deserve.

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David Cairns

The unnerving thousand-yard-stare of McDonaugh is impressively disturbing, but the constant anxious smile of Cortez carries a haunting emotional impact.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

The camera lingers on the soldiers' smiles and tears and shows the human face of military tactics which reduce people to chess pieces.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A look at both the tragic folly of war and the camaraderie of men under pressure, the documentary Restrepo holds both hope and horror.

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Markie Robson-Scott
The Arts Desk

Junger and Hetherington developed a deep sense of connection with these young men... The connection is what gives this film such power. This is war. There's no political viewpoint, no narration... you're just there with the soldiers.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

At this point in all our Middle Eastern conflicts, we need more from a documentary than just a grunts-eye-view of the frustrating nature of the war.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

In hewing closely to the rhythms of war, Junger and Hetherington forgo different considerations about war.

Amy Taubin

No one in Restrepo analyzes the war in Afghanistan in political terms or even describes it in terms of goals larger than the day-to-day mission. And yet, simply by bearing witness, the movie is a call to action.

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Spencer S.
War documentaries aren't all that new, since news reels have been played in the beginning of penny shows at the start of the twenties, but this is so… More
Alex roy
Restrepo is a well made documentary about the last military outpost in the Korengal Valley. This outpost is surrounded by enemy Taliban Insurgents. The Korengal… More
Raymond Wieser
Restrepo is a visceral, powerful documentary on the war in Afghanistan, but I found it to be way over-hyped. It wasn't as powerful or as war-like as I… More
Kase Vollebregt
As a message, 'Restrepo' does what it needs to do. As a film, it simply fails. This may be the closest a lot people can get to experiencing war, but… More
Japes .
This was an excellent documentary that gives an inside look at the war in Iraq. This documentary has everything including the firefights of war, losing… More
Manu Gino
One platoon, one valley, one year This was a very good documentary on war in Afghanistan, it's very real and humane which is exactly what you want from… More