(2004)

Critic Reviews

70

Metascore

Based on 33 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Illuminating, disturbing, evenhanded.
88
Rolling Stone
A riveting and indispensable record of the war in Iraq because it comes from the men who lived it.
80
Sensational viewing.
70
The A.V. Club
For the soldiers, it's about living to see the next day and living with the things they see, and Gunner Palace honors their perspective like no other Iraq documentary has to date.
70
Variety
Put together by Tucker and his co-director/editor wife Petra Epperlein without a hint of artifice, docu offers up its sounds and images bluntly, and they are very much sounds and images worth having as part of the record.
70
Village Voice
Floating on the surface of confusion, Gunner Palace has a raw home video quality that's often quite beautiful. Much of the movie is hardly more than an immersion in sights and sounds. Vivid as it is, Gunner Palace is dominated by what isn't shown. It's the human face of Abu Ghraib.
70
Newsweek
Defies any expectations you bring to it. There are sights in Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein's eye-opening documentary that will confirm and confound both right and left.
70
Do these soldiers make it? We keep watching and waiting. There's not much more to Gunner Palace than that, but it's no different than the soldiers' lot.
67
Entertainment Weekly
The film's fragmentary structure, though, is suspect. It says that the soldiers find no real meaning in their combat actions, yet Gunner Palace presents the operations we're seeing in so little context, reducing them to a random hash of ''sensational'' moments, that Tucker at times appears to be exploiting the war to create a didactic canvas of manic military unease.
30
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Gunner Palace too often makes the grunts look like mean slackers -- precisely the opposite, one presumes, of what was intended.

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