The Situation
The Situation (2006)

The war in Iraq provides the backdrop for this story of personal and political chaos from British filmmaker Philip Haas. Anna (Connie Nielsen) is an American journalist covering the fighting in Iraq in 2003. American forces have removed… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 18, 2006
DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An ambitious but preachy drama that fails to convincingly parcel its thriller and romance elements.

Sandy MacDonald
Boston Globe

The concept is strong and expertly fleshed out; it's just a pity that Hollywood tropes are allowed to invade.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

The Situation' is bound to stir up controversy because of the way Americans are portrayed, and anything that gets people talking and thinking is for the good. It brings the war home, where our soldiers should be.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

The film takes place in current day Iraq (although it was primarily filmed in Morocco) and it makes everybody out to be pathetic. And while this is a major problem, it is not even the film's greatest flaw.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Beneath the melodrama is an insider's account of the seemingly inconsequential details often edited out of dispatches from the front.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

[Haas'] attempt to convey the tangled relations between sheikhs and insurgents, occupiers and civilians is undercut by Wendell Steavenson's mightily overwritten screenplay.

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Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

I don't think this movie sheds any new light on 'the situation', but it could have, and it's a shame that it didn't.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The essential message in this strongly felt film comes clear: 'It's Iraq.' It used to be bad, but now it's worse. And anyone in his right mind, including Iraqis, wants to get out.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

There are a half dozen people in colorful supporting roles all of whom have their own truths. And all of whom are far more interesting, as characters and actors, than [Connie Nielsen].

Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A pretty lousy movie in general, though it's the film's somewhat accusatory Iraq War subject matter that's getting it some attention -- deserved or not -- that makes the whole thing a little distasteful.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
I found the movie to be interesting. If you are closed minded, you will not like this movie. To me it showed what I already knew: no matter your race or… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Situation" is an ambitious and well-meaning but talky movie about the SNAFU that is the Iraq War as seen through a group of… More