• Released
  • September 9, 2011
  • (Limited LA 10/7)
  • NR , 1 hr 31 min
  • Documentary
Where Soldiers Come From Synopsis
Three lifelong friends join the National Guard, then are deployed to Afghanistan.
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Covering their lives with intimate access from before boot camp to the difficult return home, Heather Courtney's documentary packs a savage...
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Where Soldiers Come From is, more than anything, a commentary on class. In its compassionate, modest gaze, the real cost of distant...
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Village Voice

By Ernest Hardy
Much of what's presented is familiar territory, but it's the moments that fracture prejudices and expectations that stick with you.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
To see these children of waitresses, salon workers and fathers on disability burdened because they stepped up is humanizing and...
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Time Out New York

By David Fear
It's only during the last third that the film finds its footing, as the PTSD fallout and collective sense of disillusionment suggest a...
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Chicago Reader

By J.R. Jones
There's a good deal of honest emotion onscreen, particularly from the parents left behind to worry, yet the documentary sometimes feels...
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Slant Magazine

A four-year study of an Afghan war-bound group of friends (the mother of Cole, the goofy joker of the group, compares the boys to the...
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Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
Despite the film's unvarnished emotionality and even-handed messaging, Courtney never seems to have found an appropriate focus, resulting...
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Rated NR