• Released
  • August 20, 2010
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 34 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Documentary
100

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Mary's search drives The Tillman Story, and throughout this taut, true epic, we see a smart, sometimes angry, always loving family find their destiny: to speak truth to power, to call wartime myths what they are and to show how the American character is not about blind obedience.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
By the way, The Tillman Story has an R rating because of language. Think about that one, too: Lies are rated G and can be heard around the clock on television, but try saying the truth with the proper force and you end up with a restricted audience.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Where the film shines is in its vivid and affecting portrait of Tillman himself. Instead of the square-jawed hero memorialized by the army and lionized by the news media, we get to know a man of many gifts for many seasons.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Bar-Lev tells Tillman's story "Rashomon"-style, incorporating multiple perspectives on Tillman's politics (left-liberal), religion (atheist), and personal relations (he married Marie, his first and only girlfriend). Still, it is a documentary with more details of how he died than how he lived.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This documentary succeeds triumphantly on so many levels that its full impact doesn't hit you until you have time to register its aftershocks.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
As taut and suspenseful as any fictional mystery.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The Tillman Story is a probing examination of truth, decency and the American way. It also explores deception and military propaganda and lays bare the ravages of grief.
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85

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
The Tillman Story isn't designed to be a shockeroo exposé; it's more a slow, steady rumble of anger and dismay at what the U.S. military, and the government, can get away with in the name of public relations, as if PR - and not human lives - were the most important consideration during wartime.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Unravels the deceptions -- and the deep dishonor -- that inflated life-size valor into fake superheroism.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

Capably narrated by Josh Brolin, Amir Bar-Lev's penetrating and vital documentary goes beyond tracking the Tillman family's investigation into Pat's death to question the motives of commanding officers and higher-ups.
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86 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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