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"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. Read full review
Its truths are personal. It means to shake you. And does. Read full review
This heart-rending tale also is a mesmerizing one because of several superb performances, particularly those of Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson. Read full review
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. Read full review
There's nothing drab about the tormented place these men take each other to. You'll want to go along. Read full review
Moverman adopts a functional directing style that gives full rein to the actors' impressive performances. Read full review
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. Read full review
A privileged glimpse into people's private pain, a drama shot with the simplicity and immediacy of a documentary. Read full review
For all the film's gritty verisimilitude, The Messenger is not the great Iraq War movie that Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" is. Read full review
Feels more respectful than real. Read full review
Not a Candygram.
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It’s hard out here for a Casualty Notification Officer.
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