The Messenger
The Messenger (2009)

An Iraq War veteran who just narrowly escaped death in combat struggles with his new post at the Casualty Notification Office while anticipating his upcoming discharge in this military drama starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Jena… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 13, 2009
DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A dark but timely subject is handled deftly by writer/directer Owen Moverman and superbly acted by Woody Harrleson and Ben Foster.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

[An] unpredictable, episodic, deeply resonant character piece.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Harrelson gives us layers of hurt under a callous yet needy crust. It may be the best performance of his career and certainly deserves Oscar consideration.

Alissa Wilkinson
Paste Magazine

It is relentlessly bleak, even in its lighter moments. The downbeat tone is wearying. These days, we just need some hope.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The bombshell is the news of a soldier's death and the delivery of that message is the heart of this unsentimental, yet deeply moving, story.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

With the insight and sensitivity of an insider, The Messenger illuminates the sometimes invisible victims of war -- the survivors -- and a pain that is tolerated but never quite healed.

Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine

[Foster and Harrelson's] interplay, on the job (ruining the day of one unfortunate person after the next) and off...provides the backbone of this erratically paced film.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The film is premised on the verbal communication of urgent information, yet its many non-verbal moments provide the greatest strength and clarity.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

At its center lie three accomplished performances, by Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton, that are not to be missed.

Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling

The Messenger is always just left of straightforward, which keeps it interesting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A decent character study whose main strength lies in two great performances by Foster and Harrelson, who shine in a sad story that deals with the psychological… More
Melvin White
Captain Tony Stone: I know what you're thinkin'. You're thinkin' shit, I'm a goddamn decorated war hero with three months left to… More
Edward Boxler
We've seen countless war films about the battlefield, filled with graphic and shocking images that depict war as the ultimate hell on earth. Some of those… More
Jameson Worley
An emotional powerhouse drama. Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster are stunning...
Chris Weber
More often than not, when a film that is a wartime drama gets released, it usually focuses on the battlefield, and the horrors of war. Not all, but many. This… More
Daniel Perry
Heavy, heavy stuff. Loved it. A couple of scenes go on a bit long, but overall this is a film with a lot to it. The characters are real, the plot is tight and… More