Stop-Loss (2008)

After serving his tour of duty in Iraq, a young American soldier who is ordered to return to the front lines as part of the military's controversial stop-loss policy opts instead to go AWOL in a thought-provoking military drama directed… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 13, 2008
DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Stop-Loss is sincere and complex, and features strong performances, even if it tries to cover too much ground.

Jessica Winter
Time Out

It's the film equivalent of a weary shrug - capturing the national mood at a moment when we'd all prefer some mood enhancers.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The power of Stop-Loss -- and this is no dumb joke -- is that it shows its hero between Iraq and a hard place.

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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

Stop-Loss-the first feature directed by Kimberly Peirce since Boys Don't Cry (1999)-is the best of the bunch. It's aims to be a Coming Home for our time, and it's the first film about the Iraq war that attempts to be entertaining.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Stop-Loss misses emotional beats and hammers home its frustration; yet in a week where we've lost our 4,000th soldier, its impatience is a virtue.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

[A] very worthy film.

Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media

Mature, violent war drama tackles heavy issues.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Stop-Loss is not a great movie, but it's forceful, effective, and alive, with the raw, mixed-up emotions produced by an endless war -- a time when the patriotism of military families is in danger of being exploited beyond endurance.

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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal

Swamped by clichés, continuity problems, stock characters and very good intentions.

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Fernando F. Croce

Feverish yet bizarrely apolitical, the movie tries to have it both ways and fumbles its outraged and reconciliatory impulses equally

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Flixster Audience Score: 26% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A solider, whose tour of duty in Iraq is over, is victim to a government policy that denies him his release. The central dramatic conflict about whether this… More
Daniel Perry
It's been a long time since I've seen an MTV Film, and this one was better than most that I remember. It was a little too glossy and angsty to take… More
Alex roy
Stop Loss is one incredible drama film. With an incredible cast at hand, director Kimberly Peirce tells the story of an Iraq war veteran which because of the… More
Leigh Ryan
This movie takes your mind, heart, and soul then runs away on an adventure into the big bad world of war. Fantastic actors filling fantastic roles, a storyline… More
familiar stranger
I hope that there's more to "Stop Loss" than what's depicted in this movie. It's disturbing that one is left helpless and with no… More
Eric S
Talk about a film that's been overlooked! "Stop-Loss" is an intense look at a group of soldiers who return home from a tour in Iraq. The… More

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