• Released
  • August 20, 2010
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 34 min
  • Art House/Foreign
The Tillman Story Synopsis
The government exploits the death of football star and soldier Pat Tillman for propaganda purposes.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Bar-Lev tells Tillman's story "Rashomon"-style, incorporating multiple perspectives on Tillman's politics (left-liberal), religion...
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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...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
As taut and suspenseful as any fictional mystery.
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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...
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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,...
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Entertainment Weekly

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

Capably narrated by Josh Brolin, Amir Bar-Lev's penetrating and vital documentary goes beyond tracking the Tillman family's investigation...
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By suemarie
I know it is not playing in many theaters, it should be available to everyone. It will stir your emotions and keep you thinking long after seeing it. When you see what the government is capable of,...

Heart grabbing movie

By sweetpea1959
Pat's story is such an inspiration on intellect, family, risks, patriotism and guts. It amazing that our soldiers can continue to protect us so well under such poor and incompetent...

Disclaimer: Pat & I called each other friend

By Calabashe
"The Tillman Story" is about the struggle of one family fiercely protective of their own and of the truth. Pat Tillman was an extraordinary man and a hero in his own right who gain national renown...

Excellent film on a subject the government would rather not talk about

By consciouspilot
This was a very moving film showing Pat Tillman to be a complex person, and not just the hero the government and news media made him out to be. The film shows that the conspiracy to cover up what...

Watch it

By mtdidus
Expect the government to keep secrets. It is the nature of how it works. Back room deals and under the table handshakes. All of that may even be necessary for this country to function. But the...

The Truth Hurts

By Devious_Cherry
To read all the news coverage on Pat Tillman, you would think he was a larger than life super hero who died in military combat fighting terrorists after walking away from a lucrative NFL career. This...

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By Friedy
Tragic Enlightening Frustrating Unforgetable Interesting...

The Tillman Story

By Derrick Deane
A sad tribute to the U.S. Government and military's ability to admit error and continue to cover-up reality under buckets of lies. When you start thinking out it, this is ONE family's story. How many...

Excellent documentary.

By margaretattheshow
All American voters should watch this film....

you already knew the story

By JaniceM4
Film was well done. However, I already knew the story. Therefore it wasn't very interesting to learn it again....

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Rated R | For Language