The Inspection

critic Reviews

, 83% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Although it's frustratingly clumsy in certain respects, The Inspection is an affecting actors' showcase in service of some truly worthy themes.
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    Odie HendersonBoston Globe
    Bratton’s unique perspective is so much more interesting when you hear him talk about “The Inspection” that you often wonder where it is when you’re watching it.
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    Richard WhittakerAustin Chronicle
    A powerful, poignant, and complicated look at what people will do for acceptance.
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    Adam Mullins-KhatibChicago Reader
    Elegance Bratton’s autobiographical story The Inspection is one of learning to accept love on one’s own terms.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Jeremy Pope gives a searing performance as the young man lacking direction, with Gabrielle Union a powerful force as the mother who initially disowns him.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    Bratton brings a surreal, rubbed-raw realness to “The Inspection” — reflected in the performances, the film’s gritty look and unconventional style.
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    Mark JenkinsWashington Post
    Where most films that recount military training ultimately lead to the battlefield, this one is preparation for a different sort of combat.
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    Kelly VanceEast Bay Express
    A promising, provocative feature debut for filmmaker Bratton.
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    Dennis SchwartzDennis Schwartz Movie Reviews
    An emotionally moving and cathartic Marine basic training drama.
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    Robin CliffordReeling Reviews
    This against-all-odds story really brings the obstacles and burdens facing a gay person in our fractured society to the true light of day. It is about overcoming those obstructions and making a life that keeps one’s dignity intact. `
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Dennis Harvey48 Hills
    Even when this film wobbles, it remains fresh, a very personal, credible vision of military trial-by-fire...
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