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Battle For Haditha

War . History . Drama . Adventure . Action

An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb.

Actors: Elliot Ruiz , Thomas Hennessy , Jase Willette , Andrew McLaren , Nathan De La Cruz , Eric Mehalacopoulos , Elliott Ruiz , Matthew Knoll
Directors: Nick Broomfield
Country: UK
Release: 2008-05-07
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  • Owen Gleiberman

    Searing, powerful, and morally entangled.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Battle for Haditha has some of the raw energy of Sam Fuller's war pictures, which weren't subtle but left you energized by their ambivalence (there was no good or evil). It's a hell of a picture.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    With its dialogue largely improvised by many who had seen extensive combat in Iraq, Battle for Haditha has a gripping authenticity lacking in other similarly themed dramas.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robert Koehler

    Intense, fair-minded entry in the pileup of Iraq pictures.

    Variety Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Unsubtle but gripping.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Anthony Kaufman

    An engaging Iraqudrama that straddles the line between blistering exposé and Spielbergian heart-tugger.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Largely improvised, cast with ex-Marines and Iraqi refugees and shot in Jordan. It might just be the movie this war has been waiting for. Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Lacking in subtlety and nuance, Broomfield's nerve-jangling movie nonetheless succeeds in showing the war from various vantage points. And from wherever one's standing, the view is profoundly disturbing.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Mr. Broomfield maintains a level of cool detachment throughout. That's to the good of the movie, which, though technically exemplary, falters dramatically on occasion, becoming dangerously close to overheated whenever the characters speak for any length.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Broomfield, whose celebrity exposés are known for their intrusiveness and innuendo, lost me with his gentle shower scene between an Iraqi woman and her husband; even if it wasn't invented, is it really any of our business?

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Ken Fox

    Broomfield's film is didactic, awkwardly acted by the cast of former Marines who are meant to lend the film credibility, and clumsily inflammatory.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    The film is an exposé only of a filmmaker's senseless contempt for the military.

    New York Post Full Review