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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
To say the least, the film is awkward, like a piece of badly assembled Ikea furniture. Still, editor Bernadine Colish weaves together all that C-SPAN footage into a disturbing procedural indictment. Legislators use the same language - often the president's - to justify the rush to war. The repetition is comical until it's scary: They're parroting.
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro's powerful documentary takes a microcosmic look at the war and its devastation by focusing on a single casualty.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
One of the most affecting and certainly the most intimate of the cinematic arguments against the war in Iraq yet made.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The parade of senators parroting the rationale for invasion - what we now know was misinformation - does not undermine Young's story. Given the private's eloquence, the flashbacks to 2002 are superfluous.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Joins the growing mass of excellent, disturbing and achingly sad documentaries about the Iraq conflict.
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70

Village Voice

Neither the most cinematic nor the most elegantly crafted of recent Iraq War documentaries, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the most deeply affecting. Where Spiro and Donahue triumph is in putting a human face on the war.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
It’s uneven and, in many instances, avoidably cheesy.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

This movie wants to help make things better. But it also -- fervently, and for a purpose -- holds a grudge.
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25

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Bill White
When the veterans of this war are finally allowed to tell their own stories, we will have something worth listening to. Body of War is just election year claptrap.
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25

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Lazy, shallow and repetitive, Phil Donahue's Body of War is one of the most incompetent documentaries to emerge from the Iraq war.
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60 out of 100
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