The Messenger Synopsis
Humanity's deep connection to birds and the effects man-made hazards have had on their populations.
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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...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Its truths are personal. It means to shake you. And does.
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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...
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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...
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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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The Hollywood Reporter

Moverman adopts a functional directing style that gives full rein to the actors' impressive performances.
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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....
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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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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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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Feels more respectful than real.
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Amazingly touching movie

By movies-4-me
The Messenger is a procedural study in how the U.S. Armed Forces notifies the families of relatives (normally sons and daughters) who have died in the service of their countries. In this case, Will...


By hofmann
I really enjoyed this film. It was very real and the acting was great....


By lgordon
powerful, gripping....

Powerful, important film

By houseofdny
Penetrating look at the war told from the view of those who inform families their loved ones have been killed in action. Winning performances by Foster and Morton, and the many humorous lines...

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By Drez_Digital
With an interesting and thought provoking plot combined with some great acting....

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By elainelarson
Unbelievably moving and compelling. A must-see that grips and holds....

Really powerful!

By TopBilling
Loved this - for such an emotional topic, the Messenger is a truly entertaining movie, thanks to great performances by Harrelson and Foster...

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By nomorebullshyt
powerful memorable speechless heartwrenching anti-war...

War is hell...

By Chowda
An interesting film about two military men tasked with making death notifications for soldiers killed in battle. What a horrible job... I think I'd rather be getting shot at....

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Rated R | For language and some sexual content/nudity