100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Disturbing, analytical and morose. This is not a "political" film nor yet another screed about the Bush administration or the war in Iraq. It is driven simply, powerfully, by the desire to understand those photographs.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Morris, using a welter of photographs (many of which we haven't seen), constructs a day-to-day sense of how Abu Ghraib descended into a medieval hell.
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88

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
It's distinctly Morrisean, as it were, and seeing his style applied to subject matter with which one is already somewhat familiar makes one... well, question the style a bit.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
In Standard Operating Procedure, Errol Morris does something inconceivable and, at first glance, ill-advised. He gives the US soldiers of Abu Ghraib back their humanity.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It may be the most disturbing film you'll see in a long time.
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
No matter how slick and questionably appropriate Morris's style may be, the content is compelling.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Reveals one mystery, only to reveal another that it can't quite penetrate.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
In presenting their testimony to the jury of public opinion, Morris would seem to be building a case for absolving some of them of mistreatment charges and implicitly asking for an investigation of those who were not charged.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Morris mixes piercing sit-downs with disturbing evidence. Though soldiers, including the notorious Lynndie England, express remorse, it's haunting to hear how several prisoners were "nice guys" or known to be innocent, yet no connection is made between those remarks and the images of torture.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Too narrowly focused.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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