(2008)

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Metascore

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88
Even when the script slips into sentiment, Peirce sticks with her troubled, questing soldiers, and through this raw and riveting movie, they stick with us.
88
Stop-Loss carries the emotional force and propulsive drama of the quintessential soldier's story.
88
It's a richly textured, psychologically acute film that takes an unblinking look at the tattered life of the returning soldier, and it's boosted by two powerful performances from Phillippe and the increasingly impressive Tatum, a former underwear model who has somehow turned into a fine actor.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
Clearly, Peirce's motives are pure. She's not using the "stop-loss" issue as a wedge to make the government or the administration look bad. She's using it to dramatize an injustice and to advocate on behalf of the soldiers.
67
A painfully polite Iraq war drama pitched at the MTV generation.
63
It's an uneven experience, with some evocative moments and others that don't resonate as much as they should.
63
Despite several attempts, we're still waiting for the drama that convincingly captures the experienc of soldiers who've fought in Iraq. Stop-Loss" isn't that film, but at the very least its efforts are honorable.
63
Chicago Tribune
While Stop-Loss doesn't pack anything like the emotional wallop of her previous film, the movies do share Peirce's clear-eyed refusal to answer difficult questions with simplistic answers.
63
Charlotte Observer
Someone watching Stop-Loss with younger eyes might feel the heat of the main soldier's dilemma more than I did, but I couldn't help thinking director Kimberly Peirce was presenting us with abstract ideas in the forms of half-realized characters.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
A young cast and hotheaded melodramatic streak make it broadly accessible, perhaps enough so to help the film scrape past boxoffice challenges faced by other Iraq-centered features.
50
Swamped by clichés, continuity problems, stock characters and very good intentions.

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