The War Tapes
The War Tapes (2006)

Uses footage shot by three members of the National Guard deployed in Iraq. Sergeant Steve Pink is a wisecracking carpenter who aspires to be a writer. Sergeant Zack Bazzi is a Lebanese-American college student who loves to travel and is… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 2, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Candid, eye-opening footage gives viewers a close-up -- and educational -- look at the experiences of American soldiers in Iraq, a viewpoint not normally seen.

Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

They expected tension; what they didn't expect was to serve out their year-long deployment as, essentially, the world's most targeted grocery store security.

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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

The film succeeds because of its refreshingly low-key emotional approach and its refusal to impose character arcs or political agendas on its subjects' footage.

Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

The direct-cinema authenticity that a soldier's eye gives to this largely street-fought war...lends The War Tapes its primary strength.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

This is an important film, but be prepared for shocks.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

The film is one of the most urgent and immediate nonfiction works we may ever see.

Fernando F. Croce

Intentionally or not, the movie locates a strain of ignorance to go along with the bravery

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

Arguably the most vital and eye-opening documentary yet made regarding the United States' current military entanglement.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

No matter what you think of the U.S. presence in Iraq, the film will disturb or startle or dismay you.

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Karina Longworth

The director has managed to shape real people's lives into a drama, without imposing ideological filters, and without sacrificing what makes them real.

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Beat novelist and World War II veteran Jack Kerouac ceaselessly typed his second book onto tele-type paper taped together in one continuous scroll, such that… More

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