100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
"The Hurt Locker" may be getting all the attention and awards but The Messenger is at least as good and perhaps, given its delicate handling of a sensitive subject, even better.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Its truths are personal. It means to shake you. And does.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This heart-rending tale also is a mesmerizing one because of several superb performances, particularly those of Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson.
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85

NPR

By Bob Mondello
Messengers with the worst possible message, they nonetheless manage to be human and alive, humorous and lively. In a film that itself bears such sad tidings about the costs of war, that is an affirming, even an inspiring, gift.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
There's nothing drab about the tormented place these men take each other to. You'll want to go along.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

Moverman adopts a functional directing style that gives full rein to the actors' impressive performances.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The scenes between Montgomery and Stone in plainclothes would seem to be tangential to Moverman's movie, but they're very much its point. Only in uniform do these men make sense to themselves.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A privileged glimpse into people's private pain, a drama shot with the simplicity and immediacy of a documentary.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
For all the film's gritty verisimilitude, The Messenger is not the great Iraq War movie that Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" is.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Feels more respectful than real.
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77 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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