80

The New York Times

Murph: The Protector reminds us of the valor expended on distant front lines and the holes left at home.
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75

Washington Post

By Sean O’Connell
The challenge for any filmmaker wanting to convey the personal tales of our nation’s armed forces likely lies in finding a narrative as compelling, relatable and sentimental as the one told in Murph: The Protector.
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75

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
We’re reminded not just of sacrifice, but of those to whom service is a genuine calling and what that bandied-about word “hero” really means.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Bringing a much needed personal perspective to a war that has claimed thousands of American lives, the film nonetheless suffers from a hagiographic quality that, from everything we hear expressed about its self-effacing subject, would have disturbed even him.
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60

Variety

The serviceable documentary Murph: The Protector could hardly fail to be an emotionally potent experience.
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40

Village Voice

Such an uncomplicated portrait may be faithful to Murphy...Yet, no matter its veracity, that veneration is the only point conveyed throughout, and in cinematic terms, it renders Murph: The Protector a one-note hagiography, no matter how convincing and affecting its portrait of unimpeachable courage.
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38

Slant Magazine

One wonders if the filmmakers ever asked themselves who their film was intended for, or if it was at least a consciously self-serving effort from the outset.
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60 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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