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100
The A.V. Club
With Standard Operating Procedure, the Iraq War finally has its Hearts And Minds.
91
Morris, using a welter of photographs (many of which we haven't seen), constructs a day-to-day sense of how Abu Ghraib descended into a medieval hell.
88
Premiere
It's distinctly Morrisean, as it were, and seeing his style applied to subject matter with which one is already somewhat familiar makes one... well, question the style a bit.
88
No matter how slick and questionably appropriate Morris's style may be, the content is compelling.
88
It may be the most disturbing film you'll see in a long time.
70
A big, provocative and -- it goes without saying -- disturbing work, though what makes it most provocative is that its greatest ambitions are for its own visual style.
60
I’m not sure Morris clinches his case, but I’m not sure he wants to: His aim is to throw a monkey wrench into the cogs of our perception.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
Too narrowly focused.
50
Adds relatively little insight to the public understanding of wayward military behavior more incisively analyzed in "Taxi to the Dark Side."
40
Village Voice
Since "The Thin Blue Line's" remarkable intervention, Morris's work has grown more public and more problematic--lofty yet snide, a form of know-it-all epistemological inquiry.

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