88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Even when the script slips into sentiment, Peirce sticks with her troubled, questing soldiers, and through this raw and riveting movie, they stick with us.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Stop-Loss carries the emotional force and propulsive drama of the quintessential soldier's story.
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
It's a richly textured, psychologically acute film that takes an unblinking look at the tattered life of the returning soldier, and it's boosted by two powerful performances from Phillippe and the increasingly impressive Tatum, a former underwear model who has somehow turned into a fine actor.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Clearly, Peirce's motives are pure. She's not using the "stop-loss" issue as a wedge to make the government or the administration look bad. She's using it to dramatize an injustice and to advocate on behalf of the soldiers.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A painfully polite Iraq war drama pitched at the MTV generation.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Despite several attempts, we're still waiting for the drama that convincingly captures the experienc of soldiers who've fought in Iraq. Stop-Loss" isn't that film, but at the very least its efforts are honorable.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's an uneven experience, with some evocative moments and others that don't resonate as much as they should.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

A young cast and hotheaded melodramatic streak make it broadly accessible, perhaps enough so to help the film scrape past boxoffice challenges faced by other Iraq-centered features.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Heavy metal, alt-pop, southern rock, orchestral swells, wailing Middle Eastern tunes all vie for our attention, but none of this noise drowns out the sound of good intentions twisting themselves into an impotent knot.
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50

Wall Street Journal

Swamped by clichés, continuity problems, stock characters and very good intentions.
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61 out of 100
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