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Stop-Loss

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Stop-Loss

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
111 minutes
Wide Release Date:
03/28/08
performer:
Ryan Phillippe, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
director:
Kimberly Peirce
distributor:
Paramount Pictures
author:
Mark Richard, Kimberly Peirce
genre:
Drama, War

We gave it a C+

Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce’s Iraq-war drama Stop-Loss — about a sergeant (Phillippe) who goes AWOL rather than report back to Iraq — is near heartbreaking. Only not, unfortunately, in a good way. Because we need bracing, wake-up-call movies about the war, and because Peirce is so well-intentioned (as a commentary and copious behind-the-scenes EXTRAS attest), it hurts all the more that Stop-Loss becomes such a button-pushing letdown. C+