United Red Army
United Red Army (2011)

Shot in a raw verite style, United Red Army explores the political unrest of 1960s Japan, when mass student uprisings coincided with the beginnings of the far-left United Red Army group, which tortured and murdered its "deviant"… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 27, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Russell Edwards

Human nature's dark side is the menacing midwife to the stillbirth of '60s idealism in the initially challenging and ultimately riveting United Red Army.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

The stilted and awkward physical and vocal performances in combination with the visually flat cinematography bring to mind... American daytime soaps, an association that perversely makes the movie more and more watchable.

Violet Lucca
The L Magazine

Neither glowing hagiography nor glowering condemnation, United Red Army is about the why of that failure -- in exacting detail, and with plenty of time to think it over.

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Andrew O'Hehir

If you're keeping tabs on the recent cinematic reconsideration of 1960s and '70s left-wing terrorism, Wakamatsu's devastating chronicle of the ultra-violent fringe of Japanese student radicalism is a must-see.

Keith Uhlich
Time Out

The film's commitment to representing the harsh truths of an unfortunate historical moment is admirable, but it tends to grate rather than illuminate.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

Despite the languorous 190-minute running time, "United Red Army" is a brutal and relentless onslaught.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Running more than three hours, "United Red Army" is a raw mix of documentary and fiction...

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Grueling [but] engrossing.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

...historical drama as psychological thriller.

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