55

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Shot in New Mexico on a limited budget, Boys of Abu Ghraib is a credible depiction of the tedium, frustration and humiliation of wartime service. (Jack gets coated in human excrement not once but twice.) Naturalistic scenes of boxing, bantering and masturbation, set to a rap and hard-rock score, emphasize that these boys are young American everymen.
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40

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
The film has a very good idea in using a single soldier’s perspective to explore how tension and boredom can lead to such extreme misconduct, but it doesn’t go far enough, in the end leaving a disgraceful chapter just dimly illuminated in psychological terms.
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40

Village Voice

By Michael Nordine
Too by-the-numbers for the emotional impact to resonate as long as it could and should have.
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38

RogerEbert.com

This is a story that still resonates in the way we deal with war, torture, and detainment camps. It demands depth.
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38

RogerEbert.com

By Brian Tallerico
This is a story that still resonates in the way we deal with war, torture, and detainment camps. It demands depth.
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30

The Dissolve

By Andrew Lapin
Writer-director-star Luke Moran has his heart in the right place, and a clear compassion for soldiers thrust into impossible situations with no training, but he lacks the desire to steer his film in the honest direction this topic requires.
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30

Los Angeles Times

By Martin Tsai
The film hardly scratches Abu Ghraib's surface.
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34 out of 100
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