The Tillman Story
The Tillman Story (2010)

In 2002, as America was poised to go to war in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pat Tillman, a defensive back with the Arizona Cardinals, joined the United States Army, believing he had a duty to serve in a time of need even though… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 20, 2010
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2011
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Passionate, angry, and insightful, The Tillman Story offers a revealing portrait of its subject's inspiring life and untimely death.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press

We may never know exactly who shot Pat Tillman on that ridge in Afghanistan or why, but we have a better idea of who he was.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Watching the film, emotions range from sadness, of course, to frustration to outright anger. This, truly, is the best we can do? Throwing up roadblocks in front of the truth, not trusting the American people to understand the nature of war...

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Sr. Rose Pacatte
National Catholic Reporter

These are not popular films, but they are intrinsically essential to our understanding of citizenship and discipleship in the modern world.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Bar-Lev's documentary's greatest service isn't in recounting the Army's back-pedaling so much as underscoring how communal needs and family grief don't perfectly align. And that political usefulness may attempt to trump all other rites.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Could you imagine how difficult it must have been to pore over records containing the brutal facts of your son's death?

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

It's not a particularly well-made documentary, but it doesn't need to be.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The Tillman Story clearly lays out exactly what happened that caused Tillman to be blown to bits by fellow U.S.forces -- and the government's efforts to whitewash the story to avoid mounting criticism of the war.

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

[An] uncompromising documentary.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

It's no mistake that the film's (anti-)resolving image is a statue of Tillman, frozen in time as a heroic but Sphynx-like riddle. [Blu-ray]

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Everett Johnson
"The Tillman Story" is the true story of ex NFL player turned fallen Army Ranger, Pat Tillman. Told by his family and friends it's a very real… More
Mike S
Never does it cease to amaze me, what the people in power will do just to protect their own behinds. I don't wanna sound too melodramatic here, but… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"a mystery. a cover up. a crime. one family will risk everything for the truth."</i> Pat Tillman never thought of himself as a hero.… More
Nate Zoebl
Perhaps better than any movie I've ever seen, the searing documentary The Tillman story explores the nature of shared grief and whether a family is even… More
Jennifer Xu
I ordinarily hate political documentaries. They're so angry and preachy and take forever to get the point, and usually the message is along the lines of… More
Reid Volk
This film is an excellent character study of an unlikely symbol. When Tillman left his multi-million dollar football contract, he did not want any recognition.… More